The Batgirl movie. It has been talked about for years. As in, DC has had plans for a long time to bring the superhero to the big screen in a solo adventure. So, is this still the plan and if so, what exactly do we know about it?
Officially Announced, Sort Of
All was quiet on the Batgirl movie front until AT&T’s Analyst & Investor Day 2021 presentation. The subject was being discussed at the March 12, 2021 event, and during the discussion, a graphic was presented behind the speaker. The graphic showed logos of the various movies, shows, and video games in which DC was still or planning on producing. It had the logos of Superman & Lois, Shazam: Fury of the Gods, The Suicide Squad, Gotham Knights, and Harley Quinn amongst others. But tucked in the upper right-hand corner was apparent confirmation that Batgirl was still on the DC agenda, as her logo sat there for all to see.
Here it is…
While nothing was verbally confirmed during the presentation, only that Batgirl movie logo in the corner, it’s a strong implication that the long-gestating movie is still in the works.
Joss Whedon Gets Kicked Off The Project
Back in 2017, Joss Whedon infamously took over for departing director Zack Snyder on Justice League. Warner Bros. was so thrilled to have the director on board, they gave him Batgirl to write, direct and also produce the DC character. Whedon agreed and at first and it looked like Warner and DC were going to fast-track the film.
With Whedon agreeing to write the Batgirl movie script, it was to be based on the New 52 version of Barbara Gordon, where she regained the use of her legs after being paralyzed by the Joker in the graphic novel The Killing Joke. This version of Barbara Gordon, whose story was written by Gail Simone, was one of the most popular of Barbara Gordon’s stories.
But something happened on the way to Batgirl movie production and we can only assume it was Whedon’s take on Justice League. When that movie bombed, Whedon stepped (or was pushed) away from Batgirl.
The People Making The Batgirl Movie Now
Yes, Batgirl is still in the plans. But with Whedon departing as writer/director/producer, who could step in? Well, what we do know is that the writing duties have been handed over to Christina Hodson.
If her name sounds familiar, well it should. Hodson began her career writing the horror flick Shut In, following that up with the thriller Unforgettable, which co-starred Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl. Her next two movies were biggies, the 2018 blockbuster Bumblebee and then the 2020 hit, Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. And not to be outdone by any of her earlier scripts, Hodson is now working on The Flash movie. So, Batgirl looks to be in great hands with Hodson.
Where You’ll Watch It
As Warner Bros. continues to try to get its HBO Max streaming service up to snuff, one question we all have is: would a potential Batgirl movie go to the big screen, the small screen, or both?
While Warner’s plans for 2021 include all their big movies being released simultaneously in theaters and HBO Max, they have also just recently announced that beginning in 2022 they will forgo the duel release and opt for the more traditional big-screen premiere.
This change doesn’t mean a Batgirl production will see the big screen. Walter Hamada, the President of DC-based films, said in recent interviews that DC plans to release some of their movies straight to the HBO Max streaming service. Of course, Hamada didn’t relay which movies would go straight to the streamer, but Batgirl may be one of the titles to bypass a feature film theatrical release.
The Current Status Of Batgirl’s Movie
Since nothing has truly been set in stone, other than the Batgirl logo, the movie has not yet selected a director. Nor has there been any actresses linked to the part other than who fans have been clamoring for. Some of the more intriguing names that have been mentioned are Emma Stone, Anya Taylor-Joy, Karen Gillan, and Alison Brie. Who would you like to see fill the role?
Here’s our pick…
When Batgirl Will Be Released
Obviously, if a director has not been announced (or an actress for that matter), a production start date has not been set either. There is also no release date as Warner Bros. does not even list the Batgirl movie on their upcoming release schedule.