Light up the bat signal because the Batgirl movie is back on.
Months after Joss Whedon exited the project, Warner Bros. announced the comic book movie was moving forward with Christina Hodson penning the script. Hodson is the writer behind the upcoming “Transformers” spinoff “Bumblebee” starring Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena.
Now, Whedon is further explaining his departure from the project at the premiere of “Avengers: Infinity War”.
“The story kind of just crumbled in my hands,” he tells Variety. “There were elements that I just hadn’t mastered that, after a long time, felt like I wasn’t going to. I told people that I didn’t have an idea, which isn’t an exact truth. I had an idea, but it didn’t fit in the space that was left for it. It was a little heartbreaking. But I’m working on something of my own and there’s nothing more exciting than that.”
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Whedon originally signed onto the project in 2017 to mixed reaction. While the “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” writer has legions of fans, others expressed disappointment Batgirl alter ego Barbara Gordon wasn’t getting a female writer to tell her story. By February 2018, Whedon left the project, admitting he hadn’t been able to come up with a story.
However, there’s no hard feelings. Whedon says he’s excited to see Hodson’s “Batgirl” movie make it to the big screen.
“It had been a year since I had first pitched the story. A lot happened in that year,” he says, adding he’s happy that he gets “to go and see it.”
“I love that character!” he exclaims.
Batgirl was introduced in 1961 and later revamped as Barbara Gordon, daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon, in 1967. Batgirl hasn’t been seen on the big screen since Alicia Silverstone played her in 1997’s abysmal “Batman & Robin”. A CG version of the DC Comics character makes a cameo in “Ready Player One”.
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Hodson already has experience with telling Batgirl’s story. She’s been developing the Harley Quinn-centred “Birds Of Prey” movie about the all-female group since 2016.
Fans rejoiced to hear the news that “Batgirl” was back on.