Hey, here’s something I certainly wasn’t expecting to read today: According to Variety, Joss Whedon (Avengers, Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is in the final stages to write, direct and produce a Batgirl movie set in the DCEU.
Let’s break this down, shall we? First thing’s first, it’s now confirmed that we are indeed getting a Batgirl movie. To my knowledge, this is the first we’ve even heard of it. Second, Joss Whedon is the driving force behind it. This particular part is interesting to me. It’s common knowledge that working on the Avengers (and to a lesser extent, the whole MCU) burned Whedon out on big budget superhero movies, so it’s surprising to see him not only jump on board with another property, but one set in the DCEU no less.
To put it lightly, the DCEU has gotten off to a… troubled start, with rumors of director’s films getting chopped apart in the editing room due to WB’s infamous reactionary nature. Whedon often butted heads with the now disbanded Marvel Creative Committee as they tried to micromanage his Avengers movies. Maybe him signing on with WB marks a change to come in the way DC Films operates? I can’t see Whedon doing this thing unless he had serious creative control. Then again… DCEU.
As to how I actually feel Joss Whedon Batgirl? Cautiously optimistic. It’s no secret that I haven’t been a fan of a single film to come out of the DCEU thus far, but Whedon gives me hope. His witty writing, strong genre roots, and passionate feminist viewpoint could all mix well together to create a fun, kick ass Batgirl movie. If WB just lets Whedon do his thing, then I think there’s a real chance we have a winner on our hands. Let’s hope this pans out!