Joss Whedon Officially Exits Batgirl Movie

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DC Films is having all sorts of shake-ups with the new management that Warner Brothers has put in place. Some films are stopping. Other films are moving along.

Shazam! is filming, which makes me happy.

One project, however, that’s hitting the pause button is the Batgirl movie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) has exited the project at Warner Brothers. He came onto the project about a year ago. Since then, he also filmed the reshoots for the Justice League.

In a statement from Whedon, he said: “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?'”

According to THR‘s sources, Whedon couldn’t come up with a feasible film for Batgirl to work. (After reading his Wonder Woman script, I’m breathing a big sigh of relief.) They also said that the film would probably be better received under a female filmmaker. Although, I do wonder if the failure of Justice League also played into it.

Currently, there is no word on who will take the director’s chair. Although, personally, I do hope that it goes to a female filmmaker. (My vote? Greta Gerwig.)

Bec Heim

Senior Editor at 4YE
Rebecca "Bec" Heim is the Senior Editor for 4YE. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Scranton. She also has an MA in Film-Radio-Television from Syracuse University and an MFA in Screenwriting from Boston University. She enjoys reading through her ever growing mountain of books, talking way too much about superheroes, and trying to reach transcendental state.
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