In an unsurprising piece of news, Joss Whedon has stepped away from the Batgirl movie.
Whedon was hired to write and direct the solo Batgirl movie almost a year ago, but it sounds like the Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator recently realised that he didn’t have a good enough story to tell. Whedon announced today (February 22, 2018) that he has departed the project with an official statement, which you can read below:
“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,” Whedon tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m grateful to Geoff (Johns, DC president) and Toby (Emmerich, Warners Picture Group president) and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I… uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed’?”
UPDATE – According to Jeff Sneider from The Tracking Board, Warner Bros. and new DC chief Walter Hamada intend to hire a female filmmaker for the Batgirl movie, which will likely please fans of the franchise.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter