Joss Whedon exits Batgirl film, 'didn't have a story'

23 February, 2018, 02:01 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
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If Joss Whedon's departure and the ongoing questions about the future of the Batman franchise don't spell doom for Warner Bros.' Batgirl feature film, the studio intends to reach out to female filmmakers for a fresh take, according to numerous reports.

Whedon was slated to write and direct the upcoming big-screen adaptation of Gotham City's other bat-inspired vigilante, but announced Thursday he was stepping down because of story struggles. Picture Group president Toby Emmerich. Which, in of itself, is a rather large hint as to what Warner thinking for a new direction on Batgirl.

Whedon, who has previously directed the first two Avengers films and Justice League and created TV cult favorites like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, admitted to the Hollywood Reporter that while he was initially thrilled to be part of the project he simply didn't have any ideas for the movie.

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Though Whedon's statement feels like the flawless example of why he isn't the right choice for the film - Joss, why are you trying to make failure sexy? There is word yet on who Warner Bros. will replace Whedon with as of yet. Since his appointment back in March, Whedon's sexist Wonder Woman screenplay leaked, leading many to worry what he would do to Batgirl.

The fact that Whedon had apparently gotten the "Batgirl" gig without a fully fleshed-out concept in mind is the epitome of white male privilege, but also not hard to believe happening in Hollywood. (April 5, 2019), and Wonder Woman 2 (November 1, 2019). Over the previous year, Gal Gadot's portrayal of Wonder Woman has skyrocketed to untold heights of popularity thanks to her standalone movie. After all, the films Whedon is credited with directing (leaving out "Justice League") have grossed almost three billion dollars worldwide, and there's all that pre-established nerd cred...


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