Director/writer Joss Whedon has decided to step down from writing and directing DC Comics’ Batgirl movie. Who do you think might take his place?
This news shouldn’t as much of a surprise. Joss Whedon has announced that he’ll be stepping down from the Batgirl movie. He had been working on the script, but he’s now decided to leave. There had been rumours a while back suggesting that Whedon wasn’t going to stay onboard and they turned out to be true. You can’t quite place the blame of Justice League’s failure at Whedon’s feet, but it certainly didn’t help his cause.
This news came from The Hollywood Reporter who also highlighted the fact that Whedon would have faced a lot of scrutiny if he were to go through with the project, which is understandable, certainly after the allegations made against him. The news came with a statement from Whedon:
“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’?”
Whedon first became attached to the Batgirl project over a year ago; however, after everything that’s happened since then, it’s no real wonder that he decided to step down. It does sound as if DC and Warner Bros. will be moving ahead with the film despite Whedon’s departure, which has me thinking: who will take over from Whedon?
As Whedon said himself, it’s a fascinating project and could serve as an excellent stepping-stone for a young female director. Personally, I’d like to see what Great Gerwig, Amma Asante or Ava DuVernay could do in the comic book movie genre.
Let us know who you think should direct the Batgirl movie in the comments below.