Recent reports suggested that Warner Bros. DC Entertainments’ highly anticipated Batgirl movie as well as Flashpoint, would likely enter active development once director Patty Jenkins’ begins shooting Wonder Woman 2 later this year.
Now, according to a new report, the Batgirl movie is currently left without a story and a director as Joss Whedon has decided to step down as writer and director of the solo project. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Whedon revealed that he has left as he failed to come up with a compelling story for the film. The Avengers director admitted that he could not crack the code of what a Batgirl movie should be.
“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,” Whedon told The Hollywood Reporter.
He also thanked DC president Geoff Johns and Warner Bros. Picture Group president Toby Emmerich for their support.
“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?‘” Whedon added.
It is reported that Whedon’s decision to depart was a mutual one. The decision reflects Warner Bros. desire to rope in a female director to helm DC’s Batgirl film. Notably, by appointing a female director for the Batgirl movie, the studio wants to repeat the massive success of 2017’s Wonder Woman which was directed by Patty Jenkins and starred Gal Gadot as the female superhero.
Wonder Woman was undoubtedly one of the biggest box office hits of 2017. The film studio is currently working on a Wonder Woman sequel with director Patty Jenkins and Gadot reprising her role. The film has been scheduled to get released on Nov. 1, 2019.
It remains to be seen who Warner Bros. chooses to direct Batgirl. They will need to come up with a final a decision soon.
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