Is Batgirl in jeopardy?
It was announced today that Joss Whedon will be leaving Warner Bros’ Batgirl project. He originally came on board last year to take on directing, producing and writing the script for the film. The film would have been one of many comic book connections Whedon has been affiliated with in his career.
In a statement he released, Whedon admitted that he did not have a story ready for the character:
“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”?
For a character as popular as Batgirl is, it’s surprising that the heroine hasn’t gotten her own film yet. Usually, Batgirl is relegated to the role of sidekick next to Batman. When Whedon was first announced as being connected to the film, I thought we were finally going to make some headway into the character. However, things will be delayed for now.
There is no word yet from Warner Bros. Pictures about how they will proceed with the film. Warner Bros. does have Gotham City Sirens in the works, but everything has been left up in the air regarding Batgirl. I’m sincerely hoping that WB doesn’t can it, but they just might if no one steps up to bat.