Only in Hollywood could Birds Of Prey And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn not doom a career. Even now, nobody is quite sure what the hell that movie is supposed to be.
However British screenwriter Christina Hodson keeps on trucking. She followed up Bumblebee with the Harley Quinn dumpster fire. After her 2016 effort Shut In appeared on the 2012 Black List, an annual list of Hollywood’s best-liked unproduced screenplays, she was always going to get some big breaks.
She has recently written The Flash, the screenplay for the upcoming DCEU entry. She will also be writing the female-centric Pirates Of The Caribbean reboot to star Margot Robbie.
Now Hodson has turned in a finished copy of the script for her latest project, Batgirl at WarnerMedia for HBO Max.
The project will be an HBO Max exclusive and will feature the Barbara Gordon version of Batgirl with Leslie Grace (In the Heights) to play the role. J. K. Simmons is strongly rumored to be back as Commissioner Gordon.
Although the character Betty Kane was introduced into publication in 1961 by Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff as Bat-Girl, she was replaced by Barbara Gordon in 1967, who later came to be identified as the iconic Batgirl. The character debuted in Detective Comics #359 (January 1967) by writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino, introduced as the daughter of police commissioner James Gordon.
She subsequently appeared in Alan Moore’s graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke where, in her civilian identity, she is shot by the Joker and left paraplegic. Although she is reimagined as the computer expert and information broker Oracle by editor Kim Yale and writer John Ostrander the following year, her paralysis sparked debate about the portrayal of women in comics, particularly violence depicted toward female characters.