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?