Hodson replaces Joss Whedon on the project, who admitted he walked away because he “really didn’t have a story.” Thus, Hodson will be starting from scratch on the project, and she’s a solid replacement, not just because she has already written the Batgirl character for Birds of Prey, but because she brings a much-needed female perspective to the film.
Hodson has also become one of the town’s go-to scribes for big-budget projects, having written the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee for Paramount, which hired her back to adapt the Ology book series as a potential film franchise.
Batgirl will follow Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon, who is played by J.K. Simmons in the current iteration of the DCEU, though it remains unknown whether Batgirl will be a part of that cinematic universe, or whether it’ll be a standalone movie like Todd Phillips’ Joker film that is poised to star Joaquin Phoenix.
Yvonne Craig originated the character on television, while Alicia Silverstone brought the character to the big screen in 1997’s flop Batman & Robin. Casting for the new Batgirl is still a long ways off.
Hodson’s early credits include the recent female-driven thrillers Shut In and Unforgettable, the latter of which was made by Warner Bros., which clearly feels comfortable relying on this up-and-coming writer.
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