Watch: Batgirl writer Hope Larson on the hit series and being a woman in comics

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Jan 8, 2019, 11:00 AM EST (Updated)

Batgirl is one of the best ongoing comics at DC these days, and we caught up with writer Hope Larson to talk all things Barbara Gordon.

Larson, a New York Times bestselling writer, said she was initially hesitant to take on a traditional character like Batgirl, but she's found so much to explore after playing with the history of the character in the modern age and shaking things up with her supporting cast. Much like in creator-owned work, Larson has found true creative freedom in the more mainstream story of Batgirl. Sure, it's a different type of freedom, but there are still great stories that can be told within that framework.

Larson also opened up about the challenge in finding Batgirl's voice, and her biggest struggle was making sure to stay true to the kind nature that is so ingrained in the character. As for that unique style of action, Larson said she studied a lot of MMA for inspiration and tries to approach fight scenes as a "mental puzzle."

She also opened up about what it's like being a woman in the comics industry and what it was like for her to break into the business. Check out the interviews below!