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Batgirl movie gets new screenwriter to replace Joss Whedon

The Warner Bros. movie is back in preproduction stages

The cover of Batgirl #35, DC Comics (2014). Cameron Stewart/DC Comics
Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Many have feared that after losing its high-profile screenwriter, Warner Bros.’ Batgirl solo film would be consigned to the ash heap of preproduction hell, but Christina Hodson has been tapped to take another stab at the script.

Joss Whedon was the first writer to take on the project, landing the film in March of 2017. He stepped back from it in February of this year, saying “it took me months to realize I really didn’t have a story.”

Hodson will take on his vacated role, crafting a story focused on Barbara Gordon, the first woman to be Batgirl, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Hodson has written three scripts that made it to the Black List, Hollywood’s annual collection of the best unproduced film scripts (Shut In, Seed and The Eden Project), and may at one point have been attached to Warner Bros.’ potential Harley Quinn/Birds of Prey film. The Transformers franchise spinoff film, Bumblebee, currently in post-production, is also from a Hodson script.

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