Joss Whedon Exits DC's "Batgirl" Movie: "I Really Didn't Have a Story"

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Whedon caused some major whiplash among comic fandoms when he signed on for "Batgirl" back in March of past year, switching teams from Marvel (for which he directed "The Avengers" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron") to DC (for which he helped finish "Justice League").

When we checked in with Warner Bros. back in November, the Batgirl movie was moving along with Joss Whedon as director.

Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn't have a story. President Toby Emmerich were understanding of that decision. Joss Whedon stepped down from the upcoming DC Comics film he was slated to write and direct due to problems he had finding the story.

Whedon also took heat for his portrayal of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Justice League (too many "behind" shots).

There really is no sexier way to put it: Joss Whedon failed at bringing Batgirl to the big screen before it even really started.

Apparently, the issue is also compounded by the fact that Whedon has spent the a year ago unable to come up with a decent idea for the "Batgirl" movie.

Many fans want to see Whedon replaced with a woman.


Several outlets have reported today that with Whedon out, Warner interested in pursuing female creators for the film, with The Tracking Board noting that success stories like Wonder Woman and Black Panther have likely made it more hard for studios to use white men in films where representation will be a big part of the discussion around the movie.

In August of 2017, Whedon's ex-wife Kai Cole accused him of having multiple affairs, and that he used his self-purported feminism as the creator of works like Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a shield against criticism.

It's unclear what the status of Batgirl is now that Whedon is no longer involved.

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