Everything We Know About Joss Whedon’s ‘Batgirl’


By Michaela Bush

Looks like Joss Whedon is diving back into the comic book universe… just not the one we’re used to seeing him in. It was reported last week that Whedon is closing a deal to produce, direct, and write a still-untitled Batgirl movie for the DCEU.

It appears that DC is seizing what some Marvel fans have been requesting for Black Widow—female-superhero-centric movies. In addition to a Batgirl-centered movie, we’re getting a Wonder Woman film in a couple of months, and they’re also developing a “Suicide Squad” spinoff titled “Gotham City Sirens”, which focuses on Harley Quinn and, if it follows the comic series, may include Poison Ivy and Catwoman as well. Batgirl’s comics debuted in 1967, and her comics have been increasing in popularity as of late. Her first comic appearance was in “The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!” and she is the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon. Her name is Barbara Gordon, but the first mention of the Batgirl character came in Batman #139 as Betty Kane, niece of Kathy Kane (Batwoman). It’s possible that Whedon’s film may draw from the “New 52” comic series’ version of Barbara Gordon.

Whedon backed out of the MCU last year, especially after an apparently tedious journey with “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. Since then, he hasn’t worked on any films, but is currently listed on IMDb as a director and writer for an untitled “WWII Horror Project” announced in October 2016. With a resume chock-full of awesomeness like “Firefly”, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, and two “Avengers” films, there’s no doubt that Whedon will bring Batgirl to life in a fantastic way.

“I don’t even know if that deal is done or not—I don’t have the inside scoop on that. But if it is done, then I’m excited about it. I think it’s super exciting. The tone of Joss’ work is great for female superheroes. He takes such a fun approach and I think he’ll have fun in the DC universe, which will be excited to have him.” Patty Jenkins, director of “Wonder Woman”, commented.

Is anyone looking forward to this Joss-Whedon led Batgirl film?


  1. ChasApril 5th, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Not really- Joss has kinda gone crazy with the social justice warrior ism. I really don’t need a movie where he beats us over the head with his political beliefs, which this will undoubtedly be.

  2. BrentApril 5th, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Agree with Chas on the political stuff lately, but hoping he can set it aside and go back to directing/writing….at which he is outstanding!

  3. AltaGalApril 5th, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Yes! Joss has always been able to meld action, humor and amazing writing. Can’t wait!!

  4. Karen VApril 5th, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    I’m not excited about Joss as a director for this film. I’m not entirely sure Joss can handle a young female protagonist anymore. It worked with Buffy. But as a good friend of mine said, he focuses too much on his women characters being women. Like HEY LOOK AT MY FEMALE CHARACTER. SHE IS STRONG. But what if instead of just making a STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER, you make a character who is nuanced like a living, talking, breathing person would be. Even women who are mostly strong can have vulnerability. And not Natasha vulnerability where she needs to be saved by Bruce and that God awful subplot we had to deal with in Ultron. Batgirl making mistakes, Batgirl misreading situations. Batgirl is such a rad heroine. It frustrates me that Joss is taking it upon himself to write AND direct this, instead of pulling in a top notch female comic writer for the job, someone who can actually write a relatable young female character. Like, why can’t Joss produce? Why does he have to direct and write? For someone who is so adamant about standing on the pedestal and announcing he’s a feminist, he should maybe put his money where his mouth is and pull more women into his projects in leadership roles, instead of giving himself the reins every single time. Just my two cents.

  5. RadApril 5th, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Buffy. Angel. Firefly. Serenity. Dollhouse. Avengers. SHIELD. ‘Nuff said.

  6. TiffApril 6th, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Why is it, that recovery time a female character even gets talked about, boys come put and say “stop with the social justice warrior” … like it’s always about that…. bat girl has been around for a really fucking long time. A movie/show is long over due.

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