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Joss Whedon is no longer directing the Batgirl movie

Joss Whedon is no longer directing the Batgirl movie

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‘It took me months to realize I really didn’t have a story’

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Joss Whedon is leaving the solo Batgirl movie, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter. In a statement given to the publication, Whedon explained, “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?’”

The project was first announced almost a year ago as a new entry in the DC Extended Universe. It was big news at the time, marking both Whedon’s full-fledged return to feature films following Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015 and the minor coup of the fan-favorite director jumping ship from Marvel Studios to its rival DC. Whedon later took the reins of Justice League following director Zack Snyder’s departure for personal reasons, arguably leading to some of that film’s tonal problems as it see-sawed between the varying styles of two wildly different filmmakers.

Presumably, Warner Bros. and DC will continue to forge ahead with the idea of a Batgirl film — although given the tumultuous state of the DC Extended Universe these days, it’s easy to speculate that a future Batgirl film will end up being more of a standalone project than part of the continuity established by movies like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. If DC is looking for a new director, it could always take note of its single unqualified success of a film — the Patty Jenkins-directed Wonder Woman — and try hiring a female director instead.

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