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Batgirl movie still on track, taps Bumblebee scribe Christina Hodson after Joss Whedon's exit

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Apr 9, 2018

The DCEU is still being pulled along by Warner Bros, and today the studio announced that the previously in-the-works Batgirl film is back on track.

Joss Whedon had been working on the script for the film, but he departed the project earlier this year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, his position will be filled by Christina Hodson, whose previous credits include the upcoming Transformers spin-off movie about Bumblebee, as well as the 2017 thriller Unforgettable. 

Though this is confirmation that a Batgirl movie is still coming, we still have no idea how the film will tie into the existing DCEU, if indeed it ties in at all. The script being written will feature the Barbara Gordon iteration of the character, and Barbara is the daughter of Commissioner James Gordon, one of Batman's greatest allies. The latest incarnation of Jim Gordon was played by J.K. Simmons in Justice League — might this movie include him? If it's set in Gotham, it would make sense. It also wouldn't be out of the question to include Batman... though with all of the doubts about Ben Affleck's Bat-future, we're gonna take a wild guess and assume that he won't be involved. 

Another avenue would be that the film wouldn't connect to the DCEU at all, but this would be an odd decision, especially at a time when every studio and brand is looking to cement interlocking franchises. It would be almost as weird as the non-canon Joker origin movie, which keeps being tossed around. 

Though this will be the first time Batgirl is headlining her own film, variations of the character have appeared on screen before. Yvonne Craig played her in the third season of the '60s Batman TV series, and Alicia Silverstone played an "Alfred's niece" version of her in the 1997 Batman and Robin. The post-Batgirl "Oracle" iteration of Barbara Gordon appeared in the short-lived Birds of Prey TV series, and is also a pivotal character in the Batman: Arkham Knight video game

Barbara Gordon has appeared in animation plenty of times, popping up often in the Dini/Timm shows, as well as other DC animated properties. The character recently appeared in the animated adaptation of The Killing Joke, which featured additional material that wasn't a part of the original comic. The new material included her... having sex with Batman on a rooftop after being bat-splained by him. 

Though fans were initially thrilled with the notion of Whedon writing the script, he admitted that he had "failed to come up with a story" when he left the project, which also happened to be a few months after his unsuccessful attempt to right the good ship Justice League. 

What will Hodson's take on the character be? We have no idea, but whether she'd tied to the DCEU or not, we're still excited at the prospect of some big-screen Batgirl action. Are you? Let us know in the comments.

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