‘Batgirl’ Movie Gets New Screenwriter Following Joss Whedon’s Exit

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Warner Bros. is still moving ahead with its planned Batgirl movie.

Avengers director and uncredited Justice League co-director Joss Whedon was hired to write, direct and produce a Batgirl movie for WB back in March 2017. Almost a year later, Whedon had exited.

“It took me months to realise I really didn’t have a story,” Whedon said in February, claiming that he had “failed” to craft the script he wanted.

Well, the studio is still keen to bring the DC film to life. According to THR, WB has hired Christina Hodson, who has written upcoming Transformers spinoff film Bumblebee, to pen the new script.

The film is to focus on Barbara Gordon, daughter of Gotham City commissioner James Gordon. First named Bat-Girl, Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff originally introduced the character to comics as Betty Kane in 1961. The character was reworked as Barbara Gordon in 1967, and later became known as Batgirl.

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Hodson has been rising up the ladder quite quickly. Her first feature screenwriting credit was 2016 Naomi Watts horror-thriller Shut In, which she followed up with 2017 thriller Unforgettable, starring Katherine Heigl and Rosario Dawson. Hodson has also been a part of a couple of writers rooms, earning the Bumblebee job thanks to her work in the Transformers universe-expanding writers room and dabbling with Batgirl whilst helping develop a DC adaptation of all-female hero team Birds of Prey.

Batgirl is but one of many DC projects WB has in various stages of development; we also have the long-gestating The Batman, The Flash movie Flashpoint, Suicide Squad 2, and an untitled Joker/Harley Quinn Movie, among others.

Stay tuned.

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