There was a collective gasp across the nerd-verse this morning as news of Joss Whedon’s potential involvement with a stand-alone Batgirl movie spread across the internet. As reported by Variety, “Batgirl is flying solo. The superheroine is getting her own standalone movie from filmmaker Joss Whedon.”
Whedon is in negotiations to write, direct, and produce a yet untitled Batgirl pic for Warner Bros., as part of its DC Extended Universe. This would be the second movie from DC Films to feature a female lead after Wonder Woman opens June 2.
Batgirl first appeared in DC Comics in 1967 as Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon. Despite her popularity, Batgirl has never received live-action onscreen treatment in a DC movie. Batgirl did appear in a prominent role in WB’s animated The Lego Batman Movie, with the character voiced by Rosario Dawson.
This deal would be a big move for Whedon, transferring from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to its DC counterpart. Whedon wrote and directed The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron for Disney-Marvel, as well as the Marvel television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Whedon, has also created the television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which just celebrated its 20th anniversary, as well as Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse. Whedon took a break from filmmaking after the lukewarm critical reception of Age of Ultron. This would be his first movie since, and it is an interesting change of course, considering his prior extensive involvement with Marvel.
No other producers are currently attached. Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, is overseeing with Jon Berg and Geoff Johns. The studio is also developing upcoming movie projects with characters from the world of Gotham, including a sequel to Suicide Squad, Gotham City Sirens (a spinoff to Suicide Squad with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn character), and The Batman, starring Ben Affleck.