Written By: Nick Poulimenakos
Joss Whedon is one and done with the DCEU as he announced today that he will no longer be directing the Batgirl film.
In a report by The Hollywood Reporter, Whedon stated that he was exiting the Warner Bros. feature project which he was writing and slated to direct. In a statetment, Whedon had this to say:
“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 [Johns] and Toby [Emmerich] and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I… uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed’?”
Whedon came on to Batgirl almost a year ago, in March 2017, proposing his own idea for the story to Warner Bros. He hoped of bringing to the big-screen a companion to the female empowerment icon, Wonder Woman, but this time, it would be tied to the most popular character in comics, Batman. Batgirl is Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon, played by J.K Simmons in the DCEU.
But sources confirmed that Whedon, after a year of trying, could not crack the code of what a Batgirl movie should be. Wonder Woman, in the meanwhile, became a cultural phenomenon as well as one of the biggest hits and most acclaimed movies of 2017.
Industry sources went on to add that even as Whedon faced story issues, in today’s cultural entertainment environment, a male filmmaker may have faced bigger public scrutiny if he were to have tackled a movie with such feminist importance such as Batgirl or Wonder Woman, much like a white filmmaker would have seen backlash if they were to take on the Black Panther movie or Aquaman.
After his much debated role on Justice League fans had been torn on whether or not Whedon should be allowed to direct another DCEU feature. Justice League‘s re-shoots have been the topic of fans’ anger towards Warner Bros. and with this announcement today, hopefully Batgirl can get back on track.