Warner Bros. is trying to expand its DC Extended Universe as fast as it can. Just in the past six months, we've gotten announcements for movies like Nightwing, Suicide Squad 2, Gotham City Sirens, and even Black Adam. That's a pretty impressive slate right there, but buckle up and get ready to add one more name to that slate: #Batgirl.
The always-reliable, super-intelligent crime-fighter is getting her very own movie and it's being written, directed and produced by none other than #JossWhedon. You heard that right. Variety is reporting that the legendary Avengers and Buffy The Vampire Slayer director is in final talks with Warner Bros. to direct, write and produce the film, which will be part of the DCEU.
According to the report, the studio has been putting the project together for the last month, so no producers are currently attached to the project. However, the president of the Warner Bros. Picture Group, Tommy Emmerich, is overseeing it alongside Geoff Johns and Jon Berg.
It's important to note that this will be Batgirl's first live-action appearance since Alicia Silverstone's portrayal in Batman & Robin in 1997.
This wouldn't be Whedon's first foray into the DC Universe, as he was famously in line to helm a Wonder Woman movie years before the #DCEU got going. However, such a heavy involvement from him in a DC movie is a bit surprising, as the man is well-known for his massive contribution to the MCU, with directing Avengers, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, and creating Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Considering his distinctive approach to storytelling, It's possible Whedon focuses on Batgirl's recent Burnside storyline. The run sees the superheroine going to college and facing the challenges that come with that, as well as fighting against a cybernetic blackmailer and dealing with money problems.
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While this seems like just another random movie announcement from Warner Bros., it could actually be a great thing for the studio and the franchise.
Overall, this could mark a significant shift for the DCEU, which so far has been a pretty somber exploration of superheroes. Seeing, like I mentioned, Whedon's light-hearted and witty style, a Batgirl movie inspired by her Burnside period would be a great, refreshing addition to the universe.
Are you excited for a 'Batgirl' movie?