Joss Whedon drops out of directing Batgirl because he ‘uh, failed’ to crack the story. The internet is celebrating
Director Joss Whedon has exited the yet-untitled Batgirl project of Warner Bros and DC Entertainment. Whedon received a co-writer credit on Justice League, which he helped direct.Updated: Feb 23, 2018 13:11 IST
Director Joss Whedon has exited the yet-untitled Batgirl project of Warner Bros and DC Entertainment. The Avengers helmer had joined the project in March last year and was supposed to write, direct, and produce the Batgirl film.
However, the 53-year-old director has announced his decision to leave the project citing story issues as the reason.
“Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realise I really didn’t have a story,” Whedon said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
Joss Whedon: What about a Batgirl movie where she falls in love with a middle-aged guy who DMs her asking for feet pics?— pixelated boat [ASMR] binaural ~4 hours~ (@pixelatedboat) February 22, 2018
Warner Bros: No.
Joss: It’s impossible to write a story for this, I quit!
oh no if Joss Whedon isn't doing the Batgirl movie how can we be assured that the villain will employ some jarring misogynist slur halfway through so we know that he is bad and also Batgirl is in fact a badass feminist when she kicks him into some spikes or whatever— The Curling Watcher (@bombsfall) February 22, 2018
how I sleep this night knowing barbara gordon is saved from joss whedon’s filthy hands pic.twitter.com/jM2xVaLSbu— nina (@zatannaztra) February 22, 2018
Whedon also thanked DC president Geoff Johns and Warners Picture Group president Toby Emmerich, saying “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’?”
In comics, Batgirl is the superhero character, whose real name is Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon. She first appeared as the character in The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl! by writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino.
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First Published: Feb 23, 2018 13:11 IST