Joss Whedon, known for his large body of works that includes directing the Marvel Cinematic Universe box office hits The Avengers (2012) and its sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), is reportedly close to sealing the deal to write, direct and produce a film centered around the super-heroine Batgirl. The upcoming film will be under Warner Bros. and part of its ever growing DC Extended Universe. This project will be the second out of DCEU’s current slate to have a female lead, the first, of course, is Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) which hits theaters this June.
Batgirl, we are assuming will be Barbara Gordon, make her first appearance in 1967 as the daughter of GCPD Commissioner James Gordon, who will be portrayed by J.K. Simmons in the upcoming Justice League film and subsequent DCEU films. She has since had numerous interactions with the League and has established herself as her own hero.
Safe to say, after the Whedon’s opinions on working on the Marvel films, no one saw him returning to the comic book film industry any time soon. Given his profound knowledge of comic books and that he clearly is a true fan, having him helm the film for one of DC’s more popular superheroes is no doubt something to be excited for. The project is said to include other characters from Gotham, so don’t be surprised if Batman (Ben Affleck) shows up for a bit. I personally am hoping for maybe Nightwing to drop in for an action sequence given their long history in the comics.
Whedon’s move to the DCEU from the MCU is suprising due to the all the negativity surrounding the way Warner Bros. manages their properties and their rumored control over the final output. Given Whedon’s problems with freedom of control while he was working in Avengers: Age of Ultron, it made this potential move even more surprising. That said, we can hope that WB givens Whedon the freedom he needs to deliver a film worthy of the character that we know he is capable of. Right now, we can just pray that everything goes smoothly and he get a confirmation for this film soon.
In the meantime, Wonder Woman hits theaters on June 2, 2017.