Joss Whedon Reveals Why He Ended Up Dropping Out of BATGIRL
When it was announced that Joss Whedon was going to write and direct Batgirl a lot of fans were very excited about what he would do with the character. After all, Whedon is known for having a talent for telling stories with strong female characters.
Some fans seemed to lose faith in Whedon after Justice League was released and eventually he ended up dropping out of the project. Some fans were happy that he left, while others were bummed out.
Whedon recently talked about leaving the project for the first time since it was announced that he wouldn't be working on the project anymore. He was recently asked about it while at the world premiere of Avengers: Infinity War, and this is what he said:
"It had been a year since I first pitched the story — a lot happened in that year. I felt some of the elements might not work as well, and the story just kind of crumbled in my hands.
"There were elements I hadn’t mastered and after a long time felt like I wasn’t going to. So, I told people I didn’t have an idea, which isn’t the exact truth. I had an idea that didn’t fit in the space that was left for it. It was a little heartbreaking because I was so excited for it."
This is in line with when Whedon previously said that he didn't have a story. It's sad to hear that it all came to an end because he just couldn't crack the story, but life goes on and maybe it just wasn't meant to be.
It was revealed that Whedon's version of the film would have been 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."
Warner Bros. has since hired Bumblebee and Birds of Prey screenwriter Christina Hodson to script the film and maybe she will actually be able to succeed where Whedon failed. There's no word on what Hodson is planning for the story, but I can't wait to find out!