Joss Whedon Talks About Exploring BATGIRL’s “Damage” in Solo Movie

Last month, it was announced that Joss Whedon, who brought the Avengers to life (twice) and was a key creative force on several Marvel movies, is heading to the DC Extended Universe. He will write and direct Batgirl, bringing Barbara Gordon’s story to the big screen. The film will reportedly take influence from Gail Simone’s New 52 run.

Now, Whedon talks about exploring Barbara Gordon on film. Speaking with THR’s Heat Vision, the filmmaker explained what drew him to Batgirl. “She came up, and I started getting obsessed with how a young woman could get hardcore enough to need to put on the cowl. Like, what’s her damage?” 

With Batman, his journey to putting on the cowl was fueled by watching his parents die violently. But Batgirl isn’t motivated by such a tragedy, so what does motivate her? Whedon plans on exploring that. “She didn’t have her parents killed in an alley. Who is this person, who decides – rather than being forced to by their childhood trauma – decides to pick up this life? How intense and driven that person is … I just couldn’t stop thinking about it.”

Currently, it’s unclear where Batgirl falls on Warner Bros.’ DC schedule. But with Whedon working on the script now, it can’t be too far away.

Stay tuned for more news as we have it.

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of WOBAM! Entertainment.

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