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1. I'm almost done reading Batgirl: The Bronze Age Omnibus. This is a large book reprinting a batch of Batgirl stories in full color with nice paper. I believe 6 of the comic book creators who contributed material reprinted in this book are still alive, so collecting autographs is not out-of-the-question, plus if you count the foreword by Gail Simone, that bumps it to 7...the best stories in the book are the batch by Frank Robbins & Don Heck, particularly near the end, when Commissioner Gordon co-stars with Barbara Gordon, building up to the reveal that he knew all along that she was Batgirl and didn't stand in her way. It makes sense for the Commish to be part of Batgirl's main supporting cast; ideally, I could see him playing the role of confidante that Alfred Pennyworth plays to Batman, but they never realize that potential...even now, after a storyline in which Commissioner Gordon was Batman..it is amazing how the stories aren't too different from modern Batgirl tales at the core. Of the stories in this volume, Batgirl encounters 1 A-list villain (Catwoman), 3 D-list villains (Killer Moth, the Cavalier, the Joker's Daughter), 2 wannabes/neverweres (Mr. Scratch, the Maze syndicate) and a bunch of run-of-the-mill grifters snd gangsters. The best writing comes from the Don Heck-illustrated half of the Frank Robbins run, though I did enjoy Gil Kane's art for that story inspired by Pop Art icon Andy Warhol getting shot at his infamous "factory" studio. I recommend this book..not sure if I'd pick up a Volume 2, since it's hinted that the stories and art are handed down to the B-list/C-list creators as Batgirl's adventures tumble around through Batman Family and Detective Comics..maybe if the shop has a "display copy" to peak through first.
2. I had found two interviews online with Christina Hodson, the screenwriter of The Batgirl and Harley Quinn's Birds of Prey movies. The first is really a sound bite on YouTube, the other is a podcast interview from last month in which she only offers a one-sentence answer when inquired about whether she's writing The Batgirl, to which she answered that, yes, she is. And that was all she said about it. The interview revealed that she's not on any social media, which is frustrating, because I was curious to see if I could learn insights about her as a working writer - what kind of movies she enjoys, does she read anything, does she know who Batgirl is..little stuff. The podcast interview revealed that she liked writing gothic children's stories in the style of Edward Gorey and thought references to the latest technology in movie scripts tend to date badly...in that regard, I think her approach to Barbara Gordon's other guise, Oracle, might be interesting for what she chooses to focus on/avoid...granted, I always thought Oracle's tech skills sounded like she used a lot of technobabble to hide from Batman & Black Canary that all she really did was use Google.
And I watched Unforgettable, one of the two movies she wrote that's available to rent...I don't know when exactly did Katherine Heigl begin to resemble Wendi McLendon-Covey, but if the producers of The Goldbergs have yet to cast an actress to play Beverly Goldberg's sister, they should contact Katherine's agent.
3. In my imagination, the perfect casting choices for Barbara Gordon are between Lily Collins and Hailee Steinfeld. I'm not sure if Collins is interested, but a search online revealed fans have her on their lists. She's my top pick for the role. Steinfeld has gone on record as saying that she'd like to play Batgirl, so it's a matter of a simple screen test to see who wins it. If neither of them want the part - hypothetical situation, really, since this could be a breakthrough gig for either - then you have to dip back into the pool of Alexandra Daddario, Felicity Jones and Lindsay Morgan and other alleged possibles..or they could just cast Emma Watson, instead. That's a choice that just occurred to me. It could happen.