Joss Whedon Drops Out of DC Entertainment's BATGIRL Movie
I've got some bad news for Joss Whedon fans and some good news for DC fans who hated what he did with Justice League. THR is reporting that the filmmaker has dropped out of the Batgirl film project that he was supposed to write and direct. Apparently, he just couldn't find the right story to tell. Whedon had this to say 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’?"
That's a shame to learn that it turned out this way. I was excited and looking forward to seeing what Joss Whedon would do with a Batgirl film, but I guess it just wasn't meant to be.
Whedon jumped on board the film project almost a year ago, but in that time he just could seem to crack a story that he wanted to tell. I'll, be honest... I'm surprised that this is the case. A character like Barbara Gordon a.k.a. Batgirl seems like the kind of character that Whedon would thrive with. The report adds:
"Industry sources add that even as Whedon faced story issues, in today’s cultural entertainment environment, a male filmmaker may have faced greater 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."
Whedon still has a strong relationship with Warner Bros. but he won't be directing Batgirl. What do you think about Whedon dropping out of the project?