Director Joss Whedon Gives an Update on DCEU’s Batgirl
Joss Whedon is probably best known for bringing some of the most compelling female characters onto the screen. His directing the first two Avengers movies for Marvel brought Black Widow to the forefront of our minds when she could have easily been pushed to the side like most ladies in the early MCU days. Now that he’s on the DC and Warner Bros. train, he has his sights on Batgirl.
At the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Joss Whedon revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Batgirl wasn’t even on Warner Bros.’ superhero movie slate, initially.
It is a little early to tease anything besides the existence of it. We weren’t even talking about Batgirl – it came up as part of another conversation and then we all got so excited that the movie suddenly appeared. So that’s a really good sign to me. It wasn’t a slot they were trying to fill. We all just started talking about her and then I couldn’t stop. So, that’s a good feeling.
Whedon will write and direct Batgirl. As it stands right now, reports say that Whedon will base our hero on the “New 52” incarnation of Barbara Gordon. In this era (2011-2016), Batgirl is back in action after suffering from physical and emotional damage inflicted upon her by the Joker in The Killing Joke.
The details right now are scarce since it sounds like they’re still ironing out the details. Whedon did tease back in mid-2016 that he was working on “a story about a girl who goes through some unbelievable s—.” If you’re familiar with Whedon’s past work, suffering (and gut-punching death) is the filmmaker’s trademark. He said that it is “different from everything I’ve done… except for that it’s exactly the same.”
I swear, Joss Whedon…if you kill Commissioner Gordon (J.K. Simmons)…I will, um, wag my finger at you very sternly!
Source: Entertainment Weekly