July 26, 2017

Joss Whedon to Direct Batgirl Movie

01 April 2017, 01:39 | Sue Hudson

Joss Whedon to Direct Batgirl Movie

DC's Batgirl- Credit DC Entertainment

Today, news broke that there will be a standalone Batgirl film.

So far, no one else is attached to help created the project yet, but Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros.

No release date has been announced, with Whedon yet to officially sign on.

Previously, Whedon wrote and directed The Avengers, and he's also the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer - another badass heroine of pop culture history.

It remains unclear when the Batgirl film would go into production or hit theaters. "If somebody pointed to me and said, 'You want to make a Black Widow movie?' the answer would be, 'Duh, '" Whedon explained.

Whedon himself is no stranger to writing comic books or movies based on comics, and he could come up with a new take on the character himself. The most popular iteration of the character is Barbara Gordon, who fought alongside Batman and Robin until the Joker shot her in the spine in The Killing Joke.

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The move to place Whedon in the writer and director's chair has already brought mixed feelings among fans.

It's also great to see another superb female superhero being able to showcase her own singular movie, with Batgirl following in the footsteps of Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman.

If Whedon's Batgirl-to-be is indeed the Barbara Gordon version, it's quite likely J.K. Simmons will also appear in the movie as he is the DCEU's version of James Gordon.

It's worth noting that recently, Jena Malone played Barbara Gordon in a series of sequences that were ultimately cut from last year's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The Batgirl character was memorably played by the late Yvonne Craig on the third and final season of ABC's Batman in 1967-68.

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