Christina Hodson Weighs In On Birds of Prey’s Title and ‘BATGIRL’ Film


When you first saw the extended version of Birds of Prey’s title, Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn); you most likely thought it was a joke. A funny picture promoting the movie. Then when you found out this was the real title for the upcoming DC movie, you were probably confused. Screenwriter Christina Hodson spoke with Variety on this long title:

“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.”

“[The reaction was] super mixed, but 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,” she admitted once the title was confirmed to be the long version.

“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.”

Hodson also went into detail on the upcoming Batgirl movie, which she is slated to helm:

“I’m in the middle of falling in love with her,” Hodson told Variety. “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.”

Are you excited to see both Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) and are you happy to see some traction finally happening with a Batgirl movie? Let us know!