Joss Whedon in Talks to Direct Batgirl Movie
Batgirl is a perfect match for Joss Whedon, who has decades of experience with powerful females, particularly superheroes. So I'm thrilled that Variety describes Whedon as:
"... nearing a deal to write, direct, and produce an untitled Batgirl pic for Warner Bros. as part of its DC Extended Universe."
Batgirl is one of the greatest superhero women ever, beloved by millions of fans, many of whom believe her to be often misunderstood and terribly mistreated.
Whedon is the ideal candidate to elevate Batgirl and showcase her for the strong, brilliant, funny and bold character she has been since her introduction in 1967. In addition to directing the movie, Whedon is the only name attached as a writer and producer, which is great - as he's shown twice with The Avengers, the more creative control Whedon has, the better the product. For an example of what happens when Whedon is boxed out of the creative process, see Alien: Resurrection and say no more.
The project is being overseen by Toby Emmerich, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns. It's worth noting that in addition to Justice League, Batgirl will inhabit the same universe as Suicide Squad, since Barbara Gordon had a very powerful, post-Killing Joke character arc in the Suicide Squad comic by John Ostrander and Kim Yale. It will be interesting to see if the character has any involvement in the Suicide Squad sequel, or it's forthcoming spinoff Gotham City Sirens. And of course, it would be great if this project was timed so that Batgirl could make an appearance in The Batman.
It's a fairly huge deal for Whedon, who practically embodies the current Marvel Cinematic Universe, to be crossing the street to work with the Distinguished Competition. But it's not shocking; he's flirted with the idea of working with DC in the past, and has suggested that Avengers: Age of Ultron "broke" him, and that he isn't a huge fan of The Avengers' next Big Bad, Thanos.
More importantly, he loves female superheroes and just excels at portraying them. If you have any doubts, just watch the now 20-year old Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where he first made his name with seven groundbreaking seasons.
Hopefully, Joss Whedon's involvement with Batgirl, and a release date for the film, will be confirmed very soon.