As we have all heard, Joss Whedon has stepped down from the Batgirl film. He claims he “had no good story to tell,” which led him to leave the film entirely. Whedon recently made his debut in the DCEU with the Justice League. That film, for better or worse, was not that great. A fair amount of scenes were cut, which resulted in a leak that most got perturbed about.
The scenes that leaked were excellent, and many wished they were in the actual film. Whedon, however, leaving Batgirl because of the lack of ‘story’ comes as no surprise. And, honestly, thank goodness. After his past few years in the media, it does not seem like Whedon would have made the best writing decisions with Batgirl. We either need a woman or someone who knows Batgirl exceptionally well. Is that too much to ask for, is it DCEU?
What Is Whedon Known For?
Joss Whedon, most notably known for The Avengers a Marvel Cinematic Universe film, has a few other films under his belt as well as acclaimed television series. He is known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dollhouse, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, a remake of Much Ado about Nothing (The Shakespearean Play), and much more.
He even did the screenplay for Toy Story, fun fact. Joss Whedon is not unfamiliar in the world of Hollywood. However, when he starts to mess with superhero movies, all hell breaks loose. Previously being under fire for multiple other situations, some think he ruined the Avengers: Age of Ultron film.
Batgirl Movie: Is It Still Happening?
Nonetheless, that is not what this is about. Despite being under fire for multiple incidents, unfortunately, this may mean the Batgirl movie will not happen. With no possible new director other than rumors or Twitter replies with people coming forth, what does DC do now?
They have this fantastic superhero character that has the ability to be on the big screen, and the writer just backed out? DC has had many issues with many films in the past. If you are on the fence about a DC movie you are part of the majority, unfortunately. Some hate BVS, and some love it; depends on where you stand and what scene you are looking at.
A Love/Hate Relationship With The DCEU
Suicide Squad is another film that is on the borderline. Some liked it, and some hated it; but, at the end of the day, it won an Oscar for makeup or something. Regardless, though, what do we make of this news? For one, people should be delighted that he stepped down. He has previously been under fire for his portrayal of women in his films and television shows.
The way he did Black Widow in both The Avengers and Age of Ultron was challenging. Many viewers gave him the short end of the stick for that. (Thank gosh he is not writing the solo Black Widow film, am I right?) I mean, there’s so much about Whedon that if you want to know more about what he is under fire for you can Google it. You can also check out multiple articles about it. His ex-wife, Kai Cole, has a lot to say about their failed marriage.
What Is Next for Batgirl?
Batgirl throughout the time it released Whedon was writing the film we heard little to nothing about the actual film. That was unsettling for fans who became excited about the film. We didn’t hear the angle, what Whedon was doing with the film, we didn’t hear much of anything. It was unusual for an in-progress film not to have any development whatsoever.
Granted, what would make Batgirl a fantastic film would be to have a female screenwriter or director behind it. Even if DCEU didn’t want to make it a feminist film, they could easily still have a woman behind the camera, the writing, or producing the film. Thankfully so, Whedon leaving the film seems much more of a good thing rather than a bad thing.
We will just have to see what happens with the film forthcoming. Updates, hopefully, will be released soon because this is a huge setback for the DCEU. The only film DCEU has coming out this year that is a win is Aquaman. After Justice League the anticipation for it is hype. However, it is going to be a difficult year for the DCEU. All we can say is… whoever is coming in next, we should consider Lindsay Lohan for the role of Batgirl.