Joss Whedon is No Longer Directing Warner Bros' Superhero Movie — BATGIRL

Joss Whedon is No Longer Directing Warner Bros' Superhero Movie — BATGIRL

"I'm grateful to [DC president Geoff Johns and Warners Picture Group president Toby Emmerich] and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I, uh, is there a sexier word for 'failed?'"

Just a few months after his DC debut with Justice League, Joss Whedon is leaving its cinematic universe. Now, however, The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Whedon will no longer write or direct Batgirl and is stepping aside. Since the Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator was hired to direct Batgirl previous year, Whedon has been plagued by one controversy after another.

Well, before things have even really gotten started, the Batgirl movie has already hit on a hell of a hitch. In a statement, Whedon said it's because he couldn't figure out what to make the movie about.

Whedon has an existing relationship with WB and DC, as he took over Justice League directing duties following Zack Snyder's exit due to a family tragedy.

No new director has been announced for the project.

Several outlets have reported today that with Whedon out, Warner interested in pursuing female creators for the film, with The Tracking Board noting that success stories like Wonder Woman and Black Panther have likely made it more hard for studios to use white men in films where representation will be a big part of the discussion around the movie. Since his appointment back in March, Whedon's sexist Wonder Woman screenplay leaked, leading many to worry what he would do to Batgirl.

For a while, Whedon was seen as at the forefront of these types of issues, including with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Presumably, Whedon would have significantly altered the classic comic for his movie, but it's clear he was hoping to go in a traditional direction with the character. So we're pretty fine with this.