‘Avengers’ Director Joss Whedon to Helm Standalone ‘Batgirl’ Movie

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Warner Bros. continues to move forward with their DC Extended Universe of films releasing both Wonder Woman and Justice League this year, and announcing additional films down the line like Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg, and even a Nightwing solo movie. Now sources are reporting that Warner Bros. intends to release a standalone Batgirl film and Avengers director Joss Whedon is nearing a deal to write, direct, and produce.

This isn’t the first time Whedon has been attached to helm a possible DC film for Warner Bros. In the mid-2000s Whedon was set to helm a Wonder Woman solo film, but plans for that project fell through due to creative differences. Since then Whedon has directed two Avengers films for Disney/Marvel Studios adding to his already impressive resumé which includes the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and the short-lived Firefly. Hopefully, plans for Warner Bros.’ Batgirl don’t fall through and Whedon is able to helm this project with little interference allowing him to produce a worth while title for the DC Extended Universe.

Jumping on the scene in 1961, the character of Batgirl was introduced in Batman #139. Since then she has held a prominent role in DC Comics going through several alterations throughout the years (some better than others) and starring in multiple solo series. Daughter of supporting Batman character Commissioner Gordon (played by J.K. Simmons in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Justice League), the character can currently be read in her own series written by Hope Larson and Rafael Albuquerque as that creative continues improve on what the previous creative team of Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr began when they revamped the character back in 2014.

If Whedon is able to bring this project to light, recent Batgirl comics would be suitable source material to pull from and would be right in Whedon’s wheelhouse. We’ll have to wait and see what happens, though. Little else about this project is known, but we’ll keep you updated as more news comes through.