Joss Whedon speaks about his Batgirl exit at Avengers: Infinity War premiere

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Sep 16, 2019, 7:51 PM EDT (Updated)

In 2017, DC fans were ready to see Barbara Gordon’s alter ego on the big screen when Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator and Avengers director Joss Whedon signed on to write and helm a Batgirl movie. But less than a year later, Whedon bowed out of the project after overseeing the Justice League reshoots. At the world premiere for Avengers: Infinity War, Whedon stopped by his old Marvel stomping grounds and elaborated on his reasons for leaving Batgirl behind.

“It had been a year since I first pitched the story, [and] a lot happened in that year,” Whedon told Variety on the Infinity War red carpet. “I felt some of the elements might not work as well, and the story just kind of crumbled in my hands.”

“There were elements I hadn’t mastered, and after a long time felt like I wasn’t going to,” added Whedon. “So I told people I didn’t have an idea, which isn’t the exact truth. I had an idea that didn’t fit in the space that was left for it. It was a little heartbreaking, because I was so excited for it.”

According to some reports, Whedon was going to update and adapt Batgirl’s origin story, in which she became a crimefighter after taking on Killer Moth and saving Bruce Wayne’s life. Batgirl even refused to back down when Batman attempted to put a halt to her new calling, and she went on to establish herself as one of Gotham City’s top heroes.

Fortunately for Batgirl fans, the movie is far from dead. Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson recently signed on to provide the new script. A production date for the film has not yet been set.

During his Variety interview, Whedon also touched on his unused Wonder Woman script, which leaked online last summer and was criticized as sexist by fans of the character. The writer-director defended the screenplay, saying: "I don't know which parts people didn't like, but I went and re-read the script after I heard there was a backlash, I think it's great. And people say that it's not woke enough, I think they're not looking at the big picture."

He added: "It's easy to take one phrase out of context — and not that I was the most woke individual who ever lived at that time, 10 years ago — but I was in there swinging, and the movie has integrity and the characters have integrity, and I stand by it."​​​​