Somewhere, Christina Hodson is continuing to work on a script for a Batgirl movie, and there is already someone who would like to take a crack at directing it: Nicolas Winding Refn
Speaking with Collider recently in reference to his “13-hour film,” Too Old to Die Young, Refn was asked why he hasn’t directed any major studio projects. He admitted that he has been offered such projects, but none of them ever felt exactly right to him. There is, however, a character he would love to take a crack at, and that’s Batgirl.
“Regarding everything else, no I mean, projects that have come to me or been approached about, I’ve always decided not to do them in the end,” Refn told Collider. “I love Hollywood. I love glamour and glitz. I love camp. I love vanity, I love egos, I indulge in all that, but the bigger kind of approaches or the offers that have come my way or the interest, in the end, I’ve always just felt that I wasn’t the right person in the end for it. Doesn’t mean that it won’t happen. I mean I would love to do one of those comic book (movies), I mean, me and Batgirl it’s like… we coexist.”
“It’s just like a lot of people are obsessed with the idea of this is it or this is it. If it comes and it’s the right… and I can do my version of it or I can be part of a contribution to that, great,” said Refn. “But if it’s not I’ll just go make something else.”
Refn wouldn’t offer up who it is, but he did tease, “I know who’s gonna play it,” so he clearly has given this a lot of thought.
Of course, just because you want to direct a project, no matter how much passion you may have for it, doesn’t mean you will end up doing so. While it’s nice to hear Refn is interested, we’ll just have to wait and see who Warner Bros. eventually chooses.
Joss Whedon had been attached to write the Batgirl movie, but has since stepped down when he said he couldn’t crack it. The project has now passed to Christina Hodson (Bumblebee, Birds of Prey), but there have been no further updates on Batgirl since that was announced.
Hodson’s Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will hit theaters on Feb. 7, 2020.