Joss Whedon announced he is departing the Batgirl movie project he was slated to write and direct. The announcement leaves yet another void for DC movies.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Whedon had been working on Batgirl for the past year, but failed to come up with a proper story. Sources close to Whedon say he couldn’t “crack the code of what a Batgirl movie should be.” Other industry sources said Whedon was feeling the pressure of delivering a transcendent feminist superhero story from the perspective of a white, male director.
While working on the Batgirl script, Whedon was tasked with saving DC’s marquee movie, Justice League, but the movie was too far gone to save. It failed miserably at the box office.
In the end, Whedon felt it was best for him to depart the project and leave it up to someone else to create a proper story for Batgirl. This now marks the second major comic book studio Whedon has departed. He previously parted ways with Marvel after Avengers: Age of Ultron wasn’t met with the same fervor as its predecessor.
Whedon’s exit leaves DC with more questions than answers. Batgirl is the latest exciting DC project to be delayed indefinitely, putting it in the same category as The Batman, Suicide Squad 2 and Flashpoint. Given the way things have been going, it’s best not to hold your breath expecting these movies to ever get made unless DC can get its act together