That’s right! You read correctly. Joss Whedon, director of The Avengers and The Avengers: Age of Ultron, is joining the DC Comics side of film to create a Batgirl solo film for the DC Extended Universe. This could be a big win for DC.
So the next question is, which incarnation of Batgirl are they planning to use? Well, according to EW, DC and Whedon will be adapting from the “New 52” comics version of the Barbara Gordon/Batgirl character as a starting point.
In this series, which began in 2011, Barbara has already recovered from her infamous spinal injury she received from the Joker in the 1988 graphic novel, The Killing Joke. Thanks to an experimental surgery, she was able to regain her full mobility.
Of course, this early in the process, we can’t be sure just how much of the series will be used for the film. But sources have reported to EW the film will follow the series’ “harder-edged storyline rather than the more comical, playful “Batgirl of Burnside” series that was rebooted in 2014.” If true, that should come as no surprise to anyone when you take into account the tone of the DCEU.
And since they plan to use another post-Killing Joke setting, perhaps we’ll get more teases of Batman’s dark history with the Joker.
As mentioned earlier, Whedon is no stranger to superhero films, having written and directed both Avengers films for Marvel/Disney. He also has written, directed, produced, and created Marvel’s Agent’s of Shield show on ABC.
All of that aside, Whedon is also a big proponent for writing strong female characters! He created Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the 90s and has gone on to consistently boast female protagonists. DC having him helm their Batgirl film is the perfect fit.
Warner Brothers launched the DCEU in 2013 with Man of Steel, followed by last year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Most of the films have had mixed to poor critical reviews, as well as a wide range of opinions from fans.
Wonder Woman, and Justice League debut later this year and are beginning to generate exciting buzz among fans. Next year in 2018, we now only have Aquaman being released in December due to an upset with The Batman, which now has a new director attached. Rumors are WB is trying to find something to quickly fill its spot, but only time will tell.
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