Filmmaker Joss Whedon’s last two forays into the superhero genre, The Avengers and The Avengers: Age of Ultron, were hits as far as I was concerned and as far as the world was concerned, he retired from the realm of heroes after Ultron made its way into theaters. I never expected to hear this news though and it’s surprising and exciting: Whedon will produce, write and direct a standalone Batgirl movie!
Batgirl first appeared in DC Comics in 1967 as Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon in “The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!” by writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino.
Now in the past few weeks, Batman’s presence in this expanding DC Cinematic Universe has certainly opened up many doors. For instance, The Batman, starring Ben Affleck, has roped in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves to helm the project, which has been delayed due to rewrites and other circumstances, the character Nightwing will be given his own standalone feature and now this?! Color me excited!
Batgirl will be DC’s second film with a female-driven lead, the first being Wonder Woman and I for one, am certainly looking forward to seeing how Whedon will shape this film going forward. At this juncture, Whedon leading the project is the only details I can give; there are no actresses or actors attached, nor any mention of a specific story that will be adapted for this film. Furthermore, there is no telling when this movie or The Batman or Nightwing will make its way into theaters.
Update: After almost a year of trying to develop an idea of the framework of a potential Batgirl feature film, Joss Whedon has decided to walk away from the project. Whedon cites that he couldn’t “crack the code” for what a Batgirl movie should be and he elected to step down. The DCEU will surely take their time to find a suitable replacement and I for one hope that if they do go forward with this film, I hope to see a woman giving Barbara Gordon’s superhero story justice.