Batgirl Film In The Works With Joss Whedon As Director, Writer, And Producer


Joss Whedon to direct, write, and produce newly announced Batgirl film which will be set in the DC Extended Universe.

Joss Whedon always dreamed of directing a Wonder Woman film. But as all of us know by now, we won’t be seeing the Buffy creator’s vision of the Goddess of Truth anytime soon (never say, “never,” hey, reboots can always happen). However, things in Hollywood change by the second. Via Variety, Warner Bros. has a Batgirl film in the works and Whedon will be the director!

Like most of his films and television endeavors, Whedon will also serve as the producer and writer. Other names attached to the project are Toby Emmerich, Chief Content Officer at Warner Bros. Picture Group, with Geoff Johns and Jon Berg overseeing.

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With the announcement of Batgirl, the DCEU now has two solo female superhero films as part of its film universe. Wonder Woman will be released on June 2, 2017 with Gal Gadot playing the part of the famous Amazon, and Patty Jenkins as director.

Batgirl, a.k.a Barbara Gordon, was created by Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff. The character was first introduced in Batman #139 (April 1961). Like all comic book characters that have a rich history, Batgirl has gone through various changes and retcons.

Her biggest change happened in Alan Moore’s seminal work Batman: The Killing Joke (March 1998), where the Joker left the hero wheelchair-bound after a devastating attack. She soon found a new calling and became Oracle. With the advent of the New 52, Batgirl was back and leaping off rooftops.

There have also been other characters who have taken the mantle of Batgirl. Bette Kane, Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown, Helena Bertinelli, and Charlotte Gage-Radcliffe were all characters who donned the alter-ego. As of this report, it’s unknown which version the DCEU will be using. However, it’s safe to assume that Whedon will be using the Barbara Gordon version—the most well-known and a fan-favorite.

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Joss Whedon is famous for creating strong female protagonists. Working for years as a writer and script doctor, Whedon became a household name with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series, which ran for a successful seven seasons.

He would later direct the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s The Avengers (2012)—a film that went on to garner critical and box-office acclaim. So it’s actually quite poetic that a previous MCU director would cross the figurative no man’s land and go to the DCEU.

A production start date and release schedule were not available as of this report.