Report: Joss Whedon is still writing and directing Batgirl for Warner Brothers

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Nov 24, 2017

Justice League has evoked a multitude of different reactions from audiences. Some hated it, some loved it, some want a director's cut, and some think the DCEU should just find a comfy corner in which to die quietly. And let's not forget the rumors like the one that claims Joss Whedon was booted from writing and directing a Batgirl standalone movie for Warner Brothers in a quiet fashion so as to avoid a PR nightmare. The reasons for this unceremoious sacking would be that Whedon's reshoots on Justice League couldn't save the movie or the fact that he was apparently liking tweets bad-mouthing the movie's villain. Then there's the issue of him being accused of mistreatment of women by his ex-wife. 

According to a report from Entertainment Weekly, this gossip of him being booted from Batgirl is wholly untrue. This comes from sources close to the project, and they say that Whedon's still writing and directing the script. Whedon is often credited (the aforementioned accusation notwithstanding) with creating empowered female characters in his projects, like Buffy Summers, Willow Rosenberg, Zoë Washburne, and River Tam in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Firefly/Serenity.

Batgirl, at least as the world knows her now, first appeared in 1967 with Barbara Gordon (daughter of Commissioner Gordon), replaced Betty Kane (Bat-Girl with a hyphen!) in the role forevermore. Over the years, Barbara's worked as a librarian, stopped a kidnapping plot against Bruce Wayne, been shot in the spine by the Joker, and provided information to Batman as the Oracle. The character's been played by a number of different actresses over the years, like Yvonne Craig, Alicia Silverstone, Tara Strong, and Rosario Dawson. Reports on Whedon's movie differ over the plot, with some saying it will focus on her '67 debut in Detective Comics #359 while others purport the New 52 version of the character by Gail Simone to be its focus. 

Whedon's not the only DC director to be the talk of the current rumor mill. Shazam! director David F. Sandberg was recently seen to be trolling people who thought the DCEU was dead in the water. A fitting idiom, since they brought up Aquaman as one of the films thought to be canceled. The Lights Out director responded to the unbased redditors, assuring them that the DC cinematic universe is, at least for the time being, alive and well. 

Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment did not immediately respond to SYFY WIRE's request for comment.