Joss Whedon, the erstwhile nerd king, is taking on a project that could have far reaching implications. But in a good way. The former Marvel movie helmer has apparently switched sides, and is joining the DCEU. And his superheroine lead may be someone right up his alley. Per Variety:
Batgirl is flying solo. The superheroine is getting her own standalone movie from filmmaker Joss Whedon.
Whedon is nearing a deal to write, direct, and produce an untitled Batgirl pic for Warner Bros. as part of its DC Extended Universe.
No other producers are currently attached. Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, is overseeing with Jon Berg and Geoff Johns. The new project originated in the past month following a meeting between Whedon, Berg and Johns.
Batgirl is one of the most popular superheroes in the world, but has never gotten her own movie. The project will also feature other characters from the world of Gotham.
The movie project will be based on the Batgirl story that was first unveiled in DC Comics in 1967, when Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon, appeared as the character in “The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!” by writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino. The first mention of Batgirl came in 1961 as the character Betty Kane, niece of Kathy “Batwoman” Kane, in Batman #139, created by writer Bill Finger and artist Sheldon Moldoff.
The Batgirl project will be the second movie from DC Films to star a female lead after Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman,” which opens June 2. Extensive footage of the film was shown Wednesday at CinemaCon.
To be honest, I kind of wish they chose a female director. But Whedon does have a pretty solid track record with juggling multiple characters (especially with a female protagonist in the lead), and his work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer provides ample evidence of that. And if that’s the tone Whedon plans to go for, I’m all in.