Fan rejoiced when they heard that Joss Whedon was moving over to the DCEU to direct Batgirl, but after a series of events (and one terrible Justice League movie), fans saw Whedon resigning from the job this year.
During the premiere of Avengers: Infinity War, Whedon opened up to Variety about leaving the project and said that he was actually left heartbroken for having to give up on Batgirl. Whedon explained:
“It had been a year since I first pitched the story. A lot happened in that year and I felt that some of the elements might not work as well and the story kind of just crumbled in my hands. There were elements that I just hadn’t mastered and after a long time, I felt like I wasn’t going to. So, I told people that I didn’t have an idea, which isn’t exactly true. I had an idea and it just didn’t fit into the space that was left for it. It was a little heartbreaking because I was so excited about it but I’m currently working on something of my own and there’s nothing more exciting to me than that.”
As of now, Christina Hodson (Transformers: Bumblebee) has been hired by Warner Bros to pen the Batgirl script, and what’s interesting is, she’s also scripting the all-girl Birds of Prey team-up that is set to start production later this year. Instead, Batgirl will be introduced in that movie—along with a bunch of other DC gals—before she gets to star in her own solo film somewhere down the line.
As for whoever is directing Batgirl, WB is said to be looking for a woman to direct the film. Besides Patty Jenkins, the only other woman to helm a DCEU movie will be Ava DaVurnay, but she’s signed on to do New Gods.
No release date has been set for Batgirl.