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Joss Whedon Leaves Batgirl – Now What?

Who Will Write and Direct Batgirl Now?

Joss Whedon is no longer writing or directing the upcoming Batgirl movie. Without him, according to Variety.com, the development of the Warner Bros. movie may be in jeopardy. The studio may pull the project altogether.

On why he decided to leave, Whedon says it was “story issues” – basically stating he hadn’t come up with one he thought would work. But the decision for him to move on was likely mutual. The studio could be hoping to attract female directors for female heroes.

Whedon is no stranger to the superhero genre and has been a proponent of movies and TV shows with strong female characters for years. From “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” he’s played an important role in showcasing tough, smart women.

The Batgirl movie and Whedon’s attachment to it was announced in March 2017. Whedon had entered the comic-book realm through the Marvel door with The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. He crossed over to DC when he filled in for director Zack Snyder on the Justice League movie. Snyder’s daughter had killed herself, and he needed the time away.

Joss Whedon no longer on Batgirl
Joss Whedon

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Others are already stating their interest in picking up were Whedon left off. Roxanne Gay offered via Twitter to write the script. “Hey @DCComics I can write your batgirl movie, no prob.”

Similarly, Gail Simone, who used to write for the Batgirl comic book “says that she has the perfect story for a Batgirl movie.” Gay “wrote the Black Panther: World of Wakanda comics series” and co-wrote the script adaptation of her book An Untamed Soul.

There’s plenty of speculation as to who could helm the movie. Equally important, all of them are female. Numerous entertainment and comic websites are listing their hopefuls or most-likely-to-direct predictions. Some of them include Ana Lily Amirpour, Greta Gerwig, Susanne Bier, Kathryn Bigelow, Karen Kusama, and even Lena Dunham.

If the movie goes through, it “will mark the first big-screen turn in a central role by Batgirl. She first appeared in the DC comic-book universe in the 1960s.”  Batgirl’s character has been around for decades, but only as a featured side character in film and TV.  Such as the classic 1960s TV show “Batman” and the unfortunate Batman and Robin movie from 1997.


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Minda Powers-Douglas

Minda was raised in movie theaters and can identify just about any 80s movie. She lives among her husband's comic books. Favorite movies: Sunset Boulevard, Rearview Window, The Goonies, IT, and Disney's animated Alice in Wonderland. Other favorite things: Stephen King books, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bates Motel, Keanu Reeves, horror movies, Harry Potter, used bookstores, really good cookies, and her daughter. She is a freelance writer and editor. She also really likes cemeteries. Website: www.TheCemeteryClub.com Twitter: @cemeteryminda and @scatteredadvice