News: Joss Whedon Steps Down From Standalone Batgirl Film

Joss Whedon fans will be saddened to hear that he has exited from Batgirl. It was announced early last year that Whedon struck a deal to write, direct, and produce a standalone Batgirl film for Warner Bros. Unfortunately, he couldn’t come up with a story worth making. He said that: 

“Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn’t have a story,” Whedon said in a statement. “I’m grateful to Geoff and Toby and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I… uh, is there a sexier word for “failed”? 

Whedon is known for his female characters, including the shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse, and Firefly. There is currently no word on whether Warner Bros. will continue to move forward with the Batgirl project or scrap it altogether. They currently are working on another female-centric film Gotham City Sirens, which will star Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.