Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Via Variety, Warner Bros. has a Batgirl film in the works and Whedon will be the director! He also created Marvel's first modern-era TV series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., with brother Jed and sister-in-law Maurissa Tancharoen in 2013.
Whedon will have that current Batgirl redesign as well as the recent writing run of fan-favorite comic book industry writer Gail Simone from which to draw. As perhaps one of the most popular superheroes in the entire world, it is surprising that the character has never received her very own movie, but now it looks like things are finally changing.
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. That's not including the three DC movies coming out by the end of next year in Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Justice League: Dawn of Even Darker Blue.
DC ComicsThe Batgirl project will be the second movie from DC Films to star a female lead after Gal Gadot's "Wonder Woman", which opens June 2.
No more specifics are known about the film yet, but it would presumably take place in the increasingly big shared DC universe. The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon is in talks with DC to helm the Batgirl film.
Batgirl is flying solo. And while Whedon's actual decision may have nothing to do with corporate politics but rather a genuine interest in the property, it's hard not to see DC snatching the man behind Marvel's biggest hits as a "shots fired" moment.
Just imagine his take on Batgirl, aka Barbara Gordon, the book-smart crime-fighter (and daughter of Police Commissioner James Gordon) who takes down the bad guys while dealing with a growling caped crusader.
This untitled Batgirl film will reportedly feature other characters from Gotham as well.