Joss Whedon Is No Longer Directing Or Writing The DC Batgirl Movie

The Bat-signal is being dimmed... for now

THR also notes that after Wonder Woman, under the stewardship of Patty Jenkins, broke box office records and almost outgrossed Batman V. Superman worldwide, any male director helming a movie driven by women would be subject to more scrutiny.

Almost one year after officially joining the project, Joss Whedon has announced that he will no longer direct a Batgirl movie for Warner Bros. Picture Group president Toby Emmerich. Batgirl was one of a myriad of Batman film spin-offs being planned, with the Caped Crusader himself set to star in another film from director Matt Reeves.

While Whedon says he "didn't have a story", sources told EW when the film was announced that the Batgirl being used would be Barbara Gordon, daughter of Commissioner Gordon, with the DC Comics "New 52" version of the character serving as a starting point. In the summer of 2017, the Wonder Woman movie dropped and became a critical and financial hit for the company. Whedon's exit after his time helming the film has drawn skepticism from other reporters.

Interesting enough, Whedon stepped in to direct Justice League when Zack Snyder was sidelined due to a family tragedy.

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Warner Bros. and DC seem to enjoy announcing a new superhero movie every other day, and it's no surprise that a lot of them will never actually make it to the big screen.

Now, with Justice League in the rearview, Whedon is departing Batgirl altogether.

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who are certainly no strangers to the long-running Bond franchise, having handled scripting duties on films such as Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, The World Is Not Enough, Skyfall, and Spectre, are now writing the screenplay for Bond 25.

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