The Bat family is slowly growing. In addition to The Batman and Nightwing, Warner Bros. has just greenlit a Batgirl solo movie with geek god Joss Whedon attached. Superhero fans realize this is a big deal.
Whedon is close to signing a deal to write, direct and produce the untitled pic for WB and it will be connected to the DC Extended Universe. No other producers are attached to the project at this time but we’re still so excited about the news that it doesn’t matter.
Batgirl is an insanely popular character from DC Comics and one of the most popular female superheroes period. Alicia Silverstone portrayed the character in the laughable 1997 film Batman and Robin. The character has not yet received her own standalone adventure.
Batgirl made her comics debut in 1967 as Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon in “The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!” by writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino.
This will mark the second female-led superhero blockbuster from Warner Bros. following this summer’s Wonder Woman. Marvel, on the other hand, will drop their first super heroine movie in 2018 with Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. Whedon, as many movie fans knows, helmed Marvel’s The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron for the Disney-owned studio. Now he’s helming blockbusters for their chief rival. What a world!
The DCEU launched with 2013’s Man of Steel and continued last year with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. In addition to June’s Wonder Woman, Justice League will also be hitting theaters this year. Thus far, WB has failed to deliver a universally praised feature in the DCEU. Whedon, whose track record also includes the beloved Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and Firefly, is a good bet to reverse that trend.