Joss Whedon will no longer be directing a Batgirl movie.
Word broke in March 2017 that Whedon, who delivered Marvel hits The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, would be directing, writing and producing a Batgirl picture for DC. Jump forward to now, and Whedon, who was brought in to craft a good chunk of the concoction that was Justice League, has decided he’ll be leaving Batgirl behind.
Why? Well, according to the man himself, he just couldn’t come with the right narrative to bring the heroine to the screen.
“Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realise I really didn’t have a story,” Whedon told The Hollywood Reporter, the outlet that broke the news, in a statement.
“I’m grateful to Geoff [Johns, DC President] and Toby [Emmerich, Warner Bros. Picture Group President] and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I…uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed?'”
THR’s sources claim that Whedon, “after a year of trying, could not crack the code of what a Batgirl movie should be” and suggest that, as a male filmmaker, he “may have faced greater public scrutiny if he were to have tackled a movie with such feminist importance”.
Whedon is clearly placing the decision for his exit on his own shoulders, although it remains to be seen if there’s more to this story than meets the eye. After all, Warner Bros. has become somewhat notorious for their involvement in the creative process, even reportedly firing Zac Snyder after they didn’t like what they had seen of Justice League.
Stay tuned for what comes out of this one.