Joss Whedon Departs Warner Bros. ‘Batgirl’ Adaptaion

In an official statement released yesterday through THR, director Joss Whedon announced that he was stepping away from DC’s Batgirl film, a project he’d been developing for the studio for nearly a year. Ironically it came down to Whedon, long renowned as a fabulous story teller, being unable to dig into exactly how to tell a Batgirl story.

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,”said Whedon. “I’m grateful to Geoff and Toby and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I…uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed’?

According to a second report from Variety, the story that Whedon had hoped to bring to the screen was to be based on Batgirl’s first comic book appearance in Detective Comics #359 in a story called ‘The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl.’

It’s unknown how WB/DC will proceed at this point since it’s believed that this was Whedon’s project from its inception, but writer Roxane Gay‘s request on Twitter to write it for the studio seems to have caught the attention of Warner Bros Entertainment Vice President Michele Wells, so maybe there’s life in the project yet!


Sources: THR, Variety,

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