Earlier this year, Joss Whedon announced his departure from Warner Bros. and DC Films’ Batgirl, saying “Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn’t have a story. I’m grateful to Geoff and Toby and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I… uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed’?” 

Now, screenwriter Christina Hodson has joined the project to provide the much needed story for the film centered around Batgirl, a/k/a Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon. Since her debut 50 years ago, Barbara Gordon/Batgirl has since become one of the most iconic superheroines in the Batman mythos. After being paralyzed by the Joker in The Killing Joke, Barbara became the Oracle and served as a tech-savvy aide to Batman. She has since returned to the Batgirl mantle and remains the most established version of the character.  

Hodson is no stranger to working with Warner Bros., having penned the thriller Unforgettable, a reboot of The Fugitive, and more recently the Harley Quinn spinoff Birds of Prey. The screenwriter is also known for her work on the sci-fi action film The Eden Project and the upcoming Transformers spinoff Bumblebee.