Director Joss Whedon poses at the world premiere of the film “Marvel’s The Avengers” in Hollywood, California April 11, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) – GM1E84C10L601
Almost a year after signing on to the project, the famous director Joss Whedon is leaving the “Batgirl” movie.
Whedon, who previously helmed great superhero movies like “the Avengers” films and co-directed “Justice League” for DC Extended Universe (DCEU), says that he was just not able to find a story that he could hang an entire movie on, and was therefore forced to step away from the project.
“‘Batgirl’ is an exciting project, and Warners/DC such a collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize that I really didn’t have a story,” Whedon told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement, adding a note about DC president Geoff Johns and Warner Bros. president Toby Emmerich. “I am grateful for 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’?”
(Warner Bros. via AP)
The hope was to be a female icon to stand side-by-side with the DCEU is the breakout hit character, Wonder Woman. In the comic book canon, Batgirl is Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Batman’s friend and Gotham City police commissioner Jim Gordon, played by j.k. Simmons in the film universe. Her story in the strip is long and popular with many fans, making her the perfect complement to a film universe in which the fans are screaming for more female representation.
Whedon’s exit, though it is not entirely surprising. In the past year, Gal Gadot’s portrayal of Wonder Woman has skyrocketed to unprecedented heights of popularity thanks to its stand-alone movie. Meanwhile, after stepping in for Zack Snyder, complete “Justice League”, the film was still panned by critics and not to achieve the same rating as “Wonder Woman,” despite Gadot will appear heavily in the super-powered team.
It is unclear at this time if Warner Bros. and DC plan to scrap the “Batgirl” project completely, or if they push forward with a new director. Until then, DC Comics fans can look forward to Jason Momoa is ‘Aquaman’ in July.