Joss Whedon has confirmed that he has left the Batgirl movie. The director, who already has two Marvel Studios movies on his C.V. and who recently stepped in at late notice to complete DC’s Justice League, spoke openly about his decision and the reasons behind that decision to leave 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,” Whedon told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. Referring to DC president Geoff Johns and Warner Bros. Picture Group president Toby Emmerich, Whedon added, “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?”
The character of Batgirl’s alter ego, Barbara Gordon, is the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon and the director has been attached to bringing the character to the big screen since March 2017.
With DC’s other main female character, Wonder Woman’s successful outing, Warner Brothers are naturally keen to bring another female superhero to their roster of DC comic book movies. But it appears it will now be without Whedon, who along with his success in the comic book genre, was also responsible for bringing another strong female character into the zeitgeist, having created the Buffy The Vampire Slayer TV show.
No announcement has been made as to who will be his replacement on the project.