‘Batgirl’ Movie Is Back On Track With The Writer Of ‘Bumblebee’

Warner Brothers’ ‘Batgirl’ movie is back in the works.  Joss Whedon had originally approached WB about making a movie about this long-lasting member of the Batman family, who is also the daughter of Commissioner Gordon (played by J.K. Simmons).  But after struggling for almost a year, Whedon announced in February that he had been unable to come up with a story idea.  Since Whedon had been the one to get the ball rolling, there was some doubt that ‘Batgirl’ would ever actually get made, especially after the weak performance of other WB DC Comics movies and the fact that the ‘Batman’ project seems stalled in development hell.

But the project is back in the works, with Christina Hodson tackling the script.  Hodson wrote the screenplay for the upcoming ‘Transformers’ spinoff ‘Bumblebee’, which is due in theaters on December 21, 2018, and stars Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena.  Intriguingly, in December, Steinfeld expressed a desire to play Batgirl.  Could Hodson’s involvement give her a yellow-booted foot in the door?

Hodson worked on a ‘Birds of Prey’ movie which would have featured Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and maybe Batgirl.  The status of this project is unknown.  It is believed that David Ayer (‘Suicide Squad’) would have directed.  (And may still…)

Hodson also crafted the scripts for the thrillers ‘Shut In’ (2016, starring Charlize Theron, Oliver Platt and Jacob Tremblay) and ‘Unforgettable’ (2017, starring Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigle and Geoff Stultz).  She also contributed to the writers’ rooms for a couple of notable brands including ‘Transformers’, which led to her job on ‘Bumblebee’ and Paramount’s ‘Ology’ based on Dugald Speer’s fictional encyclopedias.

The character Batgirl was created to goose sagging ratings for the 1960s ‘Batman’ series.  Yvonne Craig played the high-kicking crime fighter who worked as a librarian in her secret identity.  Alicia Silverstone played an altered version of the character in the universally reviled 1997 movie ‘Batman & Robin’.  Last year, Rosario Dawson voiced the character in ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ and another animated version of her appears in the current hit ‘Ready Player One’.

Obviously, with a writer just announced, there is no concrete plan for when this movie may actually be released, but check back for updates as they are released!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

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