Joss Whedon, is headed to the DC Comics Universe. The man who gave us Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and so much more during his time at Marvel, is crossing the great comic book divide to direct a new standalone Batgirl movie for Warner Bros.
The news comes from Variety who state that while Whedon is close to signing a deal with Warner Bros. to direct the project, no other producers are on board just yet.
Much like a franchise sports star leaving for a rival team, the idea of Joss Whedon heading to DC Comics had seemed unthinkable to many pop culture fans. Even though Whedon is no longer involved with Marvel, his influence is still felt throughout the MCU and many Marvel fans believe the filmmaker is responsible for shaping the movie universe they see before them today. Not only did Whedon write and direct the MCU’s flagship Avengers titles, he also created the studio’s major TV title, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
After Avengers: Age of Ultron, Whedon had said that he wanted to take a break from the intensity of creating comic book movies. But, after a two-year break, it looks like he’s ready to dip his toe back into the blazing hot spotlight that is the comic book movie world. And what a way to do it, too. Batgirl is one of DC Comics’ most popular characters, first appearing all the way back in 1967 and growing in stature with every new series. To add to the importance of this movie for DC Comics fans, the Batgirl movie will also only be the studio’s second female-led comic book movie, with Wonder Woman blazing a trail to the box office this Summer.
With Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse, and Firefly, Whedon has created some iconic female sci-fi/fantasy heroes. Whedon will know, however, that creating heroes is one thing but adapting beloved characters for the big screen is a totally different beast.
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