Joss Whedon almost helmed a DC Comics movie once. Years before Marvel managed to snag the brains behind Buffy The Vampire Slayer and leverage his talents for two Avengers movies, Whedon was more than ready to bring Wonder Woman to life. A script was written, development hell was activated and Whedon left for greener pastures. After a solid break from the pressures of big screen superheroics however, it looks like Whedon is once again ready to return to the DC Cinematic Universe.
That’s the news according to Variety, whose sources say that Whedon will be writing, producing and directing a solo Batgirl movie based on her most popular incarnation under the cowl, Barbara Gordon. Variety reports that “The project will also feature other characters from the world of Gotham.” Which would most likely mean Ben Affleck’s burly Batman and that Nightwing fella who also happens to be getting his own solo movie soon that Chris McKay will direct.
Entertainment Weekly says that the New 52 version of Barbara Gordon will form the foundation for the character: A vigilante who suffered a career-ending crippling at the hands of the Joker and managed to claw her way back up to full mobility to become one of Gotham City’s most accomplished crimefighters. That would most likely mean a return of Jared Leto’s purring clown prince of crime and references to The Killing Joke storyline. References which hopefully won’t be as god-awful as last year’s animated adaptation.
Still, that’s some good news to wake up to at least. Batgirl isn’t some mere sidekick, but the future of Gotham City and one hell of a great character inside and out of the cowl. She’s got the skills, the attitude and the potential to be the best. If you’ll excuse me, I think I’m going to start doing some fan-casting. I’m also genuinely hoping that DC and Whedon take plenty of inspiration from the Burnside incarnation of Batgirl, a tech-savvy ass-kicker whose youth worked to her advantage and resulted in a run that was tonally miles apart from the grim darkness of Batman.