It has just been reported that Joss Whedon is officially departing Batgirl. Whedon was slated to direct the Warner Bros. project but has decided he just didn’t have the story. The director originally signed on to the project nearly a year ago back in March of 2017 so this departure may come as a bit of a surprise to some.
In a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Whedon revealed his departure. The Avengers director stated:
“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. I’m grateful to Geoff and Toby and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I… uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed’?”
Sources have informed THR that Whedon, after a year of trying, “could not crack the code” of a Batgirl movie. They added that in today’s cultural environment a male filmmaker would have faced far more scrutiny if he were to take on the film than say a female director. Whedon has been credited in the past as a pioneering voice for female centric projects after creating the hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which may be a reason Warner Bros. wanted him for the film.
It should be noted that this story was previously reported on by our site but has now been confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter