The film is in development through Warner Bros/DC, and Whedon signed on last March. Now, almost a full year later, he says he wasn’t able to come up with the right story for the heroine who has been appearing in comics for more than fifty years.
Whedon explained in a statement:
“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. I’m grateful to Geoff [Johns] and Toby [Emmerich] and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I…uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed?'”
Joss Whedon got his start writing for the screen with episodes of “Roseanne” and “Parenthood.” His first film project was “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” in 1992. He followed that with an Academy Award nomination for co-writing the script for the first Disney/Pixar film, “Toy Story.”
But it was the television series, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” that launched a loyal fanbase for Whedon. He became known for his witty dialogue, but more especially for his female heroines. First it was the Slayer herself, then the beloved characters in “Firefly,” and then his direction of “Marvel’s The Avengers.”
For many, Whedon seemed a logical choice to write and direct “Batgirl.”
Others, however, have demanded to know why a woman didn’t get that prestigious job.
And, perhaps, someone will get that chance. Warner Bros has not cancelled the film. The search is on to find out who will get a chance to tell the story of why Barbara Gordon dons the infamous cowl.