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Joss Whedon is No Longer Directing Batgirl

23 February 2018

Are you sad to see Whedon leave Batgirl or think it's for the best? "I'm grateful to Geoff (Johns) and Toby (Emmerich) and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I...uh, is there a sexier word for 'failed?'"

Tracking Board reports that Warner seeking a female director to helm DC's Batgirl film, something that proved enormously successful with them for 2017's Wonder Woman, which was directed by Patty Jenkins and starred Gal Gadot as the eponymous superhero.

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Nearly one year after signing onto the project, famed director Joss Whedon is exiting the "Batgirl" movie.

Though Whedon's statement feels like the ideal example of why he isn't the right choice for the film - Joss, why are you trying to make failure sexy? The movie was to be based on the Batgirl story that was first unveiled in DC Comics in 1967, when Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon, appeared as the character in "The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!" by writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino.

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Many fans want to see Whedon replaced with a woman.

. Since his appointment back in March, Whedon's sexist Wonder Woman screenplay leaked, leading many to worry what he would do to Batgirl.

Whedon has an existing relationship with WB and DC, as he took over Justice League directing duties following Zack Snyder's exit due to a family tragedy.

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According to THR's sources, after a year of trying Whedon "could not crack the code of what a Batgirl movie should be". Here's hoping Warner Bros. and DC continue to pursue a "Batgirl" feature anyway (and maybe hire a female filmmaker this time around).

Joss Whedon is No Longer Directing Batgirl