Way back in 2005 Warner Bros. hired Joss Whedon to write and direct a Wonder Woman movie. This was long before the current wave of DC Comics movies were even in discussions. Batman Begins hadn’t even hit theaters yet. But alas, Whedon’s movie never materialized, and he shifted from DC over to Marvel to write and direct The Avengers.
But as fate would have it, after two movies for Marvel Whedon is reportedly shifting back to DC. That’s at least according to Variety’s bombshell scoop that says the Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator is in talks to write, direct and produce a Batgirl movie for Warner Bros.
It’s an incredibly surprising move, particularly considering Batgirl (AKA Barbara Gordon, daughter of Gotham City police comissioner) is a character that hasn’t popped up in talks about any of WB’s brewing DC Extended Universe movies. But if it does come to pass, it would further establish an interesting distinction between DC and Marvel’s movies. Marvel has yet to make a movie with a female lead (Captain Marvel will be the first, and that is still years away). This would give DC Wonder Woman, Gotham City Sirens and now Batgirl.
That is, of course, if this deal does indeed happen. The DCEU is in a constant state of flux, with movies that seem like a sure thing (The Flash) failing to launch as expected. But if it does happen, one would hope it’s because Whedon has a vision for Batgirl that he just absolutely must make.