As Birds of Prey builds hype with the casting of Ewan McGregor as Black Mask, more eyes are focusing on the screenwriter Christina Hodson and her future with the DC superheroes. Hodson sat down with the ​Los Angeles Times to talk about her latest blockbuster Bumblebee. During the interview, Hodson shared her excitement about writing ​Birds of Prey and working on the new Batgirl film on the horizon.

Hodson explains how much Terminator 2 inspired her to jump into screenwriting. Finding emotion during all the action of a big blockbuster is hard to do, and she's up for the task of finding that realness in the cast of Birds of Prey.  

“Mostly, I want my nieces to grow up in a world where the girls and women they see on screen feel as varied and complicated as they are,” Hodson said. With the Birds of Prey, she will have ample opportunity to explore conflicted women trying to do their best in a violent world.


The addition of Harley Quinn to the franchise hammers in that complexity. "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 shared. "Even in the comics when she is at her best, she’s doing something bad — and when she’s at her worst she’s doing something good. And 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."

Hodson has to keep mum on Batgirl for now, but explained why the character appeals to her so much. Always a Batman fan and less interested in the supernatural elements of the character, Hodson sees Batgirl as an excellent playground to see what happens when "people are backed into a corner."


Birds of Prey is set to begin production next year in Jan. of 2019.