Batgirl and the Birds of Prey's dynamic writing duo of The Benson Sisters (Julie and Shawna) have been penning the adventures of Batgirl, Black Canary and the Huntress for DC Comics since 2016. They've also scripted episodes of The CW's post-apocalyptic series The 100, which also features some kick-ass female characters who definitely are no damsels-in-distress.
During the recent DC in D.C. 2018 event, the Bensons took the time to chat with SYFY WIRE's Mike Avila about writing strong female characters from the point of view of female writers. Topics also ranged from what their current favorite female TV characters they were not involved with were (and their answer may completely surprise you), if they would ever tackle a White Canary comic (yes, please), and more.
"If you have a lot of male characters writing these female books — which I think they should — or female characters, you're not gonna get the same perspective that we have — being female — and being able to bring that to the book," Julie Benson told us about writing for Batgirl and the Birds of Prey.
"So I'm sure it brings its own element, just inherently. But it's been really fun to write girls who eat cheeseburgers and pizza and go out and fight crime, like, it’s great. And pulling from The 100, pulling from those really strong female characters… pulling from these women who have agency and who have their own point of view and don't just have to be the romantic prop — that they're heroes of their own story; it's fun to sort of take what we learned in The 100 and kind of bring that to the Birds of Prey."
As always, don't forget to check our video interview above for more.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.