SDCC ’19 Interview: Cecil Castellucci talks Batgirl, feminism, and the cost of heroism

SDCC ’19 Interview: Cecil Castellucci talks Batgirl, feminism, and the cost of heroism

I have to admit that when DC reached out to offer me an interview at San Diego Comic-Con with Female Furies writer Cecil Castellucci, I couldn’t reply, “Yes, please, thank you very much, yes,” fast enough.

Batgirl #37 cover art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Cam Smith

Having lived an incredibly full and absurdly interesting life that has included a career in film, music, and novels, Castellucci began reaching out into the world of comics first in 2007 with P.L.A.I.N. Janes and later with two DC mini-series: Shade, The Changing Girl and most recently, Female Furies. But Cecil has a new hero to explore with Batgirl #37, which hits shelves July 24.

The issue begins as a part of DC’s anticipated crossover event Year of the Villain, which sees Barbara “Batgirl” Gordon dealing with the cost of hero work, getting back on her feet, and of course — a heated fight with famously absurd villain Killer Moth.

I was fortunate enough to have time to sit down with Cecil Castellucci during SDCC and get to the bottom of what we can expect from her run on Batgirl.

SDCC ’19 Interview: Cecil Castellucci talks Batgirl, feminism, and the cost of heroism The Beat, July 24th 2019