Joss Whedon Drops Out of Batgirl Movie


Last year Warner Brothers seemed to have made a major coup when they convinced The Avengers / The Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon to jump ship from Marvel and write and direct a Batgirl movie for them. They took things a step further a few months later when he was also hired to oversee reshoots for Zack Snyder’s troubled Justice League, but ultimately that didn’t seem to help as the movie debuted to dismal reviews and lacklustre box office numbers. Now this week it has been revealed that Joss Whedon has opted not to move forward with his Batgirl movie after all. Here’s what he had to say about the project:

“Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn’t have a story… I’m grateful to Geoff and Toby and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I… uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed?'”

So he couldn’t come up with a story for a character that has decades of comic book storylines to draw from? Sounds like a pretty lame excuse if you ask me. THR is speculating that he may have been concerned that in the wake of Wonder Woman and the #MeToo movement he would face criticism as a male director of a female-fronted comic book movie. Of course, it could just be that his experience with Justice League was frustrating and he wasn’t hopeful for the future of the DCEU. Are you disappointed that Joss Whedon won’t be directing Batgirl?

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  • Tommy

    He should’ve adapted the period in the 70’s when she ran for senator. Since the movies now seem unconcerned with connectivity, set it there too!

  • MartyMcFlyJr

    That is a lame excuse. I mean, wouldn’t he of had to pitch the studio some kind of story to get the job in the first place? Or did he walk into the meeting and just write the title on a whiteboard and walk out a la Jimmy Cameron?

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  • Anthony

    Why would he have to write it though? There aren’t any writers he trusts to put together something for him that he could direct?

  • Lori Cerny

    Nope, not disappointed at all. It’s not rocket science; let other directors have a go!

  • Jake

    Is that story true? Always thought it was a Hollywood urban legend.

  • Newtman98

    I feel like I heard Cameron tell that story himself in some interview.