Warner Bros. has not given up on Batgirl and has hired a new screenwriter to script.
Joss Whedon left the project two months ago, stating that he failed to come up with a story after months of being attached to the project. The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Christina Hodson will be scripting the Batgirl movie. She wrote the upcoming Bumblebee movie for the Transformers franchise, which shall roll into theatres later this year.
This will be Hodson’s second time writing for DC Characters, as she helped develop the Harley Quinn/Birds of Prey project for Warner Bros.
The Batgirl film will follow Barbara Gordon, daughter of James Gordon (J.K. Simmons). Depending on the development of the Harley Quinn spin-off, Batgirl is the second DC female hero to get her own film at Warner Bros. Wonder Woman 2 is currently in pre-production, having been fast-tracked after its success.
Barbra Gordon is the most established version of the character, who was initially introduced in 1961 as Betty Kane. But the character was revamped in 1967 when television executives wanted to attract a female audience to the Batman TV series, then faltering in its third season. Yvonne Craig played the character whose last live-action big-screen appearance was with Alicia Silverstone in Joel Schumacher 1997 movie, Batman & Robin (the character makes a CG cameo in Ready Player One).
Hodson has worked for Warner Bros before, she scripted Unforgettable, starring Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl. She is also part of the writers’ room for the Transformers franchise. She is also scripting another film for Paramount, Ology.
Hodson is currently the only talent attached to Batgirl. Expect more news in the coming months.