Joss Whedon Will Not Direct Batgirl
The upcoming Batgirl film loses it's director!
Batgirl Loses Joss Whedon As Writer/Director!
Recently, it was announced that writer/director/producer Joss Whedon has left DC Films' Batgirl movie. In an interview, Whedon said that he left the project because he "didn't have a story" for the character to tell on the big screen. He told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement, "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'?" Word now comes that Whedon wanted to adapt Barbara Gordon’s first appearance in Detective Comics #359, “The Million-Dollar Debut of Batgirl,” which saw the librarian-turned-crimefighter taking down that larcenous lepidopterist, Killer Moth, and his mendacious Moth Men. It seems that the studio is now looking for a new director for the film.
Whedon took over directing duties on Justice League after that film's original director Zack Snyder was allegedly fired after principal photography wrapped. Whedon directed reshoots and did also rewrites on the script. The outcome was an unbalanced movie that wasn't a hit with audiences. The outcry for a Snyder-approved director's cut has never been louder with the movie's upcoming Blu-ray release on the horizon, but it so far Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have been oddly silent on the subject. Hopefully, something will happen in the future. Meanwhile, the studio is moving forward with a Batigrl movie, as well as a Flash film, as their next priorities. The studio currently has Aquaman in post-production, with recent test audiences praising the film which debuts theatrically in December, and Shazam currently shooting and set for release in April 2019.