Warner Bros. is moving forward with Batgirl and bringing Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson on to handle the script. WB is looking for the best way to move the DC Films universe forward post-Justice League, and they're doing so under new leadership from Walter Hamada. They've got a few projects lined up right already, but the future beyond Wonder Woman 2 isn't set in stone yet. One of the properties that was thought to be a big priority was a solo movie for Barbara Gordon. However, Batgirl took a big step back when writer/director Joss Whedon left earlier this year.
Since Whedon's departure, there's been a call to get a woman involved in writing what could be DC's second movie franchise led by a female superhero. WB even received offers from comic book writers like Roxanne Gay to take a pass at the script. It now appears like they've found their (female) screenwriter, but it isn't someone who was previously linked to the project - though she does have ties to another DC movie.
THR reports that Hodson is set to write the new script for Batgirl. She most recently wrote the script for Paramount's Bumblebee. Interestingly enough, this won't be Hodson's first time writing for Batgirl. Hodson was previously attached to write a Birds of Prey movie for DC. The status of that film is unclear at the moment, so this move could be an indication it isn't happening, but that Hodson delivered a solid script and WB/DC would prefer to keep her working for them.
When Hodson was hired to do Birds of Prey, the idea for the movie was part of WB's movement to get Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn back on the big screen. Birds of Prey would've pitted an all-female villain team led by Harley against a group of female heroes. THR confirms that Batgirl was scheduled to part of the hero team. With Harley's next appearance looking to be Gotham City Sirens (if it still happens), a Harley solo movie, or Suicide Squad 2, WB could've decided to use Hodson's Birds of Prey script as the foundation for two different movies.
That is just speculation at this point, but Hodson being brought back to tackle Batgirl is evidence enough that WB liked what she did before. If Hodson does pull anything from her Birds of Prey concept, then Batgirl could feature a few more female heroes than just its lead. Who else would've joined Batgirl in Birds of Prey was never confirmed, but its possible that Black Canary, Huntress, and others could appear too. Regardless, its a good sign for Batgirl that WB is still intent on making it happen, and the hiring of Hodson should put Barbara in the hands of someone who already is familiar with her.
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