Batgirl was supposed to be the next female superhero-lead movie after Wonder Woman, but it looks like the film will have to take a backseat for a while. Attached director Joss Whedon has left the project, and WB is currently looking for a woman to replace him.
Whedon told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement:
“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 [Johns] and Toby [Emmerich] and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I…uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed?'”
Some people are curious if part of the reason why he left the project was that of the negative backlash on his change to Justice League, but I think it’s a better move to just up and admit he couldn’t find a story as compared to pushing forward with a script he didn’t believe in. Though there is one other rumor going around, however, we won’t dwell on that at this moment.
What’s more, inside sources are saying that WB is currently looking for a woman director to take over the film as having Whedon would have been akin to having a white person direct Black Panther. Personally, I wouldn’t care what color or gender the new Batgirl director is, as long as they understand the character, and pull off a great film.
With Batgirl on the backburner, I guess all the focus just goes to Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman sequel. It’s just my guess, but I have a feeling that the movie will introduce us to another female DC hero—Zatanna.
No release date has been set for Batgirl.