Last winter, Joss Whedon bowed out of his Batgirl movie at Warner Bros., but the studio didn't give up the project that easily. Despite reported story issues, Christina Hodson (Bumblebee) was brought on to work over the script.
While chatting with The Los Angeles Times, Hodson—who is also a writer on Cathy Yan's Birds of Prey — offered a little tease of what she wants her Batgirl standalone film to be. The short of the matter is, that she wants to keep things more grounded, instead of relying on the more fantastical elements of the comic book world.
"[Batgirl's] all the things I love about Batman," she said. "I’ve always been more interested in humans than supernatural things and monsters. People are capable of profound good, but also profound evil. The things that people will do when you back them into a corner are amazing, terrifying, and wonderful at the same time, and it draws out these primal things in us — good and bad. And that, to me, is so fascinating."
So, it seems like Batgirl is on course to be more of a psychological character study than an out-and-out superhero flick. Which is tried and true territory in the Batworld, as Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy was a realistic/mature deep dive into Gotham City and the man behind the cowl.
Hodson was also able to offer up a little bit about Birds of Prey, which will feature Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn (first seen in Suicide Squad) as a main character. Again, the character's believable actions (that parallel those performed in our own reality) is what got Hodson really excited about the movie.
"I just fell in love with Harley. She makes me laugh, but she also makes me cry.... She’s got such emotional depth that is completely contrasted by this light, superficial, fun exterior," said Hodson. "Even in the comics when she is at her best, she’s doing something bad — and when she’s at her worst she’s doing something good. And that makes her so interesting and so much more real, because that’s what people are like in real life. Very few people are just purely heroic or purely villainous, and she is this wonderful balance of everything."
Bumblebee opens Dec. 21, while Birds of Prey doesn't arrive until Feb. 7, 2020. A director and release still need to be chosen for Batgirl.