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Christina Hodson Talks Writing Scripts For BIRDS OF PREY And BATGIRL

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In case you missed it over the holiday season, Travis Knight’s new Transformers prequel Bumblebee is a pretty awesome blockbuster. Personally speaking I find it to be a major step up from the previous entries from Michael Bay and a big part of it is due to the heartfelt script written by up-and-coming screenwriter Christina Hodson. Even more exciting is that Hodson is set to be a rather important voice for two upcoming DCU films: Birds of Prey and Batgirl.

In a new interview with Variety, Hodson shared some of her thoughts on both films. She went into the lengthy full title of Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), explaining, “I kind of think it’s all in there. I think it sets the tone a little bit in that it’s a little tongue-in-cheek. My hands are so tied. But I do think it speaks for itself a little bit. Emancipation means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, and we’re going to be exploring that in different ways.

 

While Hodson recognized that the response to the full title was “super mixed,” she added that “Honestly I don’t have any social media, so I see very little of this stuff. Some people love it, some people think we’re nuts. People will just have to wait and see. I think it’s always hard when you’re doing something bold like that to do it without any context. There’s no marketing yet, we haven’t even started shooting. But all things will start to make sense as we get closer and closer to [premiere date] Feb. 7, 2020.

As Batgirl is earlier on in the process, Hodson didn’t say too much about the film. She stated, “I’m in the middle of falling in love with her. I always feel differently at the beginning, middle, and end. Charlie feels like an old friend now, because that was a while ago and because she is so personally inspired. Harley just feels like my crazy alter ego. When I’m feeling nuts, that’s what Harley is. And Batgirl… honestly it’s funny, there’s a little piece of me in every character I write. They start with me, and then they take on a life of their own. She’s been through so many iterations. There’s certain characteristics of hers that are always there that I’m excited to develop further. Whenever I’m writing a character who’s based on someone who’s existed in a previous form, whether it’s comics or a movie or anything, I always hope to bring something new to them and bring them to life in their own way, even if they fairly iconic like Harley Quinn or Batgirl. I think fans want the original, to be honest, but they also want to see something they haven’t seen before.

If her work in Bumblebee is anything to go by, I really can’t wait to see what Hodson brings to the table here.

What do you think? Be sure to comment below!

SOURCE: Variety

While Hodson recognized that the response to the full title was “super mixed,” she added that “Honestly I don’t have any social media, so I see very little of this stuff. Some people love it, some people think we’re nuts. People will just have to wait and see. I think it’s always hard when you’re doing something bold like that to do it without any context. There’s no marketing yet, we haven’t even started shooting. But all things will start to make sense as we get closer and closer to [premiere date] Feb. 7, 2020.

As Batgirl is earlier on in the process, Hodson didn’t say too much about the film. She stated, “I’m in the middle of falling in love with her. I always feel differently at the beginning, middle, and end. Charlie feels like an old friend now, because that was a while ago and because she is so personally inspired. Harley just feels like my crazy alter ego. When I’m feeling nuts, that’s what Harley is. And Batgirl… honestly it’s funny, there’s a little piece of me in every character I write. They start with me, and then they take on a life of their own. She’s been through so many iterations. There’s certain characteristics of hers that are always there that I’m excited to develop further. Whenever I’m writing a character who’s based on someone who’s existed in a previous form, whether it’s comics or a movie or anything, I always hope to bring something new to them and bring them to life in their own way, even if they fairly iconic like Harley Quinn or Batgirl. I think fans want the original, to be honest, but they also want to see something they haven’t seen before.

If her work in Bumblebee is anything to go by, I really can’t wait to see what Hodson brings to the table here.

What do you think? Be sure to comment below!

SOURCE: Variety

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