Joss Whedon to Direct, Write and Produce a ‘Batgirl’ Movie

Some surprising news coming from the DCEU.

It appears that Joss Whedon, the man that gave Marvel 2012’s The Avengers and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, is now heading over to the DC cinematic realm.

According to Variety, Whedon is on the verge of signing a deal that will see him direct, write and produced a Warner Bros. film focusing on Batgirl. That’s right, word is that Whedon is to craft a standalone Batgirl film that will fit into the studio’s unfolding DC Extended Universe, which has thus far produced Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad.

Apparently the Batgirl project got its footing in the past month over at WB. Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. Pictures Group president and chief content officer, is said to be overseeing the development of the picture with Jon Berg and Geoff Johns. No producers are reportedly attached as yet.

This will mark the first solo feature film for the character of Batgirl, who first appeared as Barbara Gordon, daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon, in ’67 DC comic The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl. The character was recently voiced by Rosario Dawson in The Lego Batman Movie.

Whedon has been heavily involved with Marvel in recent years. Apart from helming the MCU’s two highest-earning films so far, Whedon has also worked as an executive producer and writer on the series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which he co-created with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Whedon will be quite the get for WB if he’s locked in. Stay tuned for what develops here.

Next up for the DCEU is its first female-led superhero film, Wonder Woman, set for Australian release on June 1 and US release on June 2.

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