Christina Hodson Talks Birds of Prey Title and Batgirl Updates


When we first heard of the upcoming Birds of Prey movie, we thought that it was simply called that, instead of the longer title released: Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn). While this addition to the title seems like a joker that is meant to make fans giggle slightly and perhaps give a small hint to the movie, it is, in fact; real. Writer Christina Hodson spoke with Collider about the long title, which did partly start as a joke, and has been there since the beginning.

Christina Radish (Collider): How did the film end up with the title of Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn)? Whose idea was that?

HODSON:  I don’t know if I’m officially allowed to say, but there’s no reason why not. It was an unofficial aka, when I wrote the script. I added it about a year or so ago, almost exactly as it is, just as an aka. I didn’t think we’d ever use it. We’d always used a working title, so I just had it as a cheeky little thing, on the front cover. And then, when we were talking about a title and brainstorming, we all kept drifting back to that one.

Radish: It also seems like a title that says a lot about what the tone of the film will be.

HODSON:  Exactly!

On top of Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn), Hodson is also penning the Batgirl movie, which at first seemed to be in limbo after Joss Whedon left the project. Considering this is the first time we’re seeing the character come to life since 1997’s Batman & Robin, it’ll be interesting to see how a Batgirl movie actually comes into development.

Radish: Is it also a different experience to work on something like Batgirl, where it is an established character, but you can do something new with her?

HODSON:  I actually don’t think it is that established. A few people remember Alicia Silverstone doing that, but that movie was not one that is seminal. So, I do feel very free doing that one, and the studio is being super supportive, in letting me dream up whatever I want to dream up.

Radish: What most excites you about the character of Batgirl?

HODSON:  Many things, but I’m not allowed to talk about that, at all. She’s cool. With all of these characters – the ones that I’m creating and that are original, like Charlie, and the ones I’m getting to inherit and play with – they’re independent, intelligent, capable, interesting and nuanced, and nuanced really is the main thing. They’re not one thing or another. They are flawed, complex, beautiful, wonderful, weird, and fully rounded and fully fleshed out characters. We’ve got so many great actresses out there, that are ready to play these roles, that it’s fun to be writing roles for them.

Birds of Prey is being directed by Cathy Yan and will feature a collection of fantabulous actresses and if it’s successful, it will certainly help pave the way for excitement for Radish’s Batgirl project. Are you looking forward to both? Let us know!