Screenwriter Christina Hodson is having a banner year, between Bumblebee, arriving next month, and her upcoming projects, DC's Birds of Prey and Batgirl. Working closely with Birds of Prey producer and star Margot Robbie on the upcoming DC Extended Universe film, she recently spoke about her love for Harley Quinn and Barbara Gordon.
"I just fell in love with Harley. She makes me laugh, but she also makes me cry.... She’s got such emotional depth that is completely contrasted by this light, superficial, fun exterior," Hodson told the Los Angeles Times. "That makes her so interesting and so much more real, because that’s what people are like in real life. Very few people are just purely heroic or purely villainous, and she is this wonderful balance of everything."
Director Cathy Yan revealed last week that she had been drawn to the project after enjoying the dark humor and female empowerment present throughout Hodson's script. And, after Joss Whedon departed the project in February, Hodson was selected to replace him and write a solo Batgirl film in April.
"She’s all the things I love about Batman. I’ve always been more interested in humans than supernatural things and monsters. People are capable of profound good, but also profound evil," Hodson explained. "The things that people will do when you back them into a corner are amazing, terrifying, and wonderful at the same time, and it draws out these primal things in us — good and bad. And that, to me, is so fascinating."
Directed by Cathy Yan from a script by Christina Hodson, Birds of Prey stars Margot Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosie Perez, and Ewan McGregor. It is scheduled to be released on Feb. 7, 2020.