Variety is reporting that “Avengers” writer, director and producer Joss Whedon is finalizing a deal to write, direct and produce a solo “Batgirl” movie for Warner Bros.
It is no secret that the relationship wore a little thin between Whedon and Disney/Marvel during the production of “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. Marvel can be very controlling throughout the production process of their films (universe building, advertising for future movies, paid product placement…) and this was felt at a distracting level in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Will Warner Bros be less controlling in the production of Batgirl? Who can say, but Whedon’s resume of directing strong female characters (Firefly, Buffy, Dollhouse, & Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) should allow for Warner Bros to give him the leniency and trust to work his magic.
Batgirl first appeared on the 1960’s “Batman” television program as a way to draw in female viewers and later made her debut in the comics. It should be fun seeing what Whedon has in store for this character and how she will fit into the new DC cinematic universe.