Joss Whedon Exits Warner Bros' 'Batgirl' Movie

JOSS WHEDON Exits Warner Bros.' BATGIRL

It sounds like Whedon made a decision to leave on his own, and DC Films President Geoff Johns and Warner Bros.

Just a few months after his DC debut with Justice League, Joss Whedon is leaving its cinematic universe. At the time of the initial announcement of his "Batgirl", he seemed flawless for the role, poised to bring "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" wit and charm to the DCEU.

Though Whedon's statement feels like the ideal example of why he isn't the right choice for the film - Joss, why are you trying to make failure sexy?

Of course, until he left the project today, convention wisdom was that Whedon - who was called in late in the game to help shape Justice League - was the driving force behind Warner's interest in a Batgirl movie. In a statement, Whedon said it's because he couldn't figure out what to make the movie about. The only reason it was even happening in the first place was because Whedon wanted to do it, but now Warners is committed to making this - if they don't make it because he steps down, when there are several female filmmakers who would no doubt want to tell the story of Barbara Gordon, it will look really bad.




THR adds that Whedon couldn't "crack the code" of what a Batgirl movie should be, and added that he could have faced public scrutiny for tackling a female-led film in the same way that anyone who wasn't a woman or African-American would receive for directing Wonder Woman or Black Panther.

THR also notes that after Wonder Woman, under the stewardship of Patty Jenkins, broke box office records and almost outgrossed Batman V. Superman worldwide, any male director helming a movie driven by women would be subject to more scrutiny.

Joss Whedon is often seen as a pioneer in feminist pop culture, creating the cult classic television show Buffy, the Vampire Slayer in 1997. Presumably, Whedon would have significantly altered the classic comic for his movie, but it's clear he was hoping to go in a traditional direction with the character. Hopefully, it won't be too long before we see Batgirl on the big screen as part of the DCEU regardless of this pretty major bump in the road.

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