After the announcement that the Batgirl movie’s presumed writer-director, Joss Whedon, has left the project because, in his own words, he “failed” to come up with a story, the internet exploded with writers more than willing to pick up the torch.
Talents like Batgirl comic writers Hope Larson and Gail Simone said they’d happily take over the script, along with writers like Wynonna Earp’s Emily Andras:
The one person DC did seemingly pay attention to was Roxane Gay:
The high-profile author penned World of Wakanda 1-5 for Marvel alongside her popular memoir and short story collections, which grabbed the attention of DC Entertainment VP of Content Strategy Michele Wells:
Even if this only leads to a chat about the gig, the fact that Whedon is being carefully replaced not only by a woman, but by a woman whose support comes from a community-pushed platform like Twitter, shows DC’s potentially shifting values for the talent behind their projects.