Though the recently coined term "superhero fatigue" seems to indicate that we have enough caped people running around saving the world on the big screen, thank you very much, there's one type of superhero that we could use a little more of: the female kind. Even though #WonderWoman has been kicking ass for 75 years in the comics, she only just recently got the privilege of seeing her story adapted into a movie — and don't even get me started on Black Widow.
But now that studios are realizing that women can indeed do more than strut around in pencil skirts, we're finally starting to see more female superheroes getting the attention they deserve. After last year's much praised Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad (she might have been the only good thing about that movie, if you ask me), Wonder Woman is coming out in June and #Batgirl might take away the spotlight from the painful development of Ben Affleck's Batman movie.
Joss Whedon To Write And Direct A 'Batgirl' Movie For DC
Those comic book fans who love pitting #Marvel against #DC lost their minds when it was announced that Joss Whedon, who directed Avengers: Age of Ultron, would write, direct and produce a Batgirl movie for DC. Although he still hasn't given Black Widow the solo outing she deserves, the fact that he just happened to create Buffy the Vampire Slayer means he's clearly earned his credibility as a director of cool female heroes — or does it?
For some, the idea that Batgirl wouldn't get the chance to be brought to life by a female director added a cloud on the horizon of the #DCEU. If Warner managed to get Patty Jenkins to direct Wonder Woman, couldn't they do the same for Batgirl? There are too little blockbuster opportunities for female directors as it is.
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Well, turns out Jenkins herself thinks Whedon is the perfect pick for the project.
'The Tone Of Joss' Work Is Great For Female Superheroes'
In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Jenkins said she was on board with Whedon directing Batgirl:
"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."
Though Whedon made Black Widow's story in Ultron more about fertility and love than the fighting skills she should be in the spotlight for, we can only hope he'll get the tone right for Batgirl's first big live-action adaptation.
Do you think Joss Whedon is the right pick to direct Batgirl? To celebrate this new female superhero movie, watch our compilation of the most badass women in pop culture:
(Source: The Toronto Sun)