After his well-documented struggle with Wonder Woman, Joss Whedon is getting another chance at making a female-lead superhero film.
With his attention moving from Marvel to the DC Extended Universe, Whedon has recently closed in on a deal with Warner Bros. to write, direct and produce a Batgirl film. Whedon recently took a break to write original material, but has now decided to devote his attention to developing the Batgirl project.
Whedon seems like a fairly obvious choice for this film, given his experience with creating superhero blockbusters - most notably, Avengers Assemble and Avengers: Age of Ultron. He is also pretty well known for his ability to write layered and nuanced female leads as the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Batgirl is the superhero alias of Barbara Gordon, daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon, meaning we’ll likely see J.K. Simmons’ Gordon to appear in the film. She first appeared in the comics in the 1967 The Million Dollar Debut Of Batgirl by Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino.
This marks Warner Bros.’ latest female-lead superhero film, following this summer’s Wonder Woman and the currently in-development Gotham City Sirens, which will be focusing on Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn as well as possibly involving Poison Ivy and Catwoman - it’s likely that Batgirl could appear there before her standalone film.
Before we see what Whedon might dream up for Batgirl, Wonder Woman will be in cinemas on 23 June, followed by Justice League in November.