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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

So based on the number of individual sources claiming that a Birds of Prey film is on the horizon, it sounds like that really will be the direction DC will be going in following Wonder Woman 1984. What’s more, there are rumors that this will be a lower budget, R-rated affair, which led the outlet Batman-News to speculate as to whether or not it would be the best movie to have Batgirl first appear in an R-rated film.

Scooper Umberto Gonzalez replied to the outlet’s tweets, saying that Batgirl would not be in the film. The outlet replied that Variety had said she was, and Gonzalez replied with:

“They didn’t say that on the record, rather Justin tweeted. Profound difference. Was decided recently no Batgirl. Attention to detail, I didn’t say Barbara Gordon, I said Batgirl. 😉”

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That is an interesting little development, but I suppose that does make sense. From what we’ve heard, screenwriter Christina Hodson had made a script they really liked for Birds of Prey, and the studio immediately threw her onto Batgirl. We can infer that she set up something of an origin story for Barbara Gordon for her to carry on in her own Batgirl film — but, of course, that’s just an assumption.

That being said…it’s also possible she could be taking on the role of Oracle, and that the story can take place following her attack from the Joker that left her injured and unable to walk. Really, given how convoluted the DCEU is — and how far along it is on its current timeline — it’s very hard to tell just how their stories could fit in.

What do you think of this rumor? Do you think Birds of Prey will be more of an origin film, or a film that takes place after Barbara Gordon’s time as Batgirl? Sound off down below!

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SOURCE: Umberto Gonzalez

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.