Following a year of being attached, writer-director Joss Whedon announced last week that he has exited DC’s Batgirl movie, saying that he didn’t have a story. Immediately after the announcement, it was reported that Warner Bros. was looking to hire a female director to take over the project. However, a new report says that a new director likely won’t be hired anytime soon.
According to The Wrap, WB and DC are not in a hurry to move forward with Batgirl and a new director. The site’s insider says that WB intends on establishing DC’s big characters (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, and maybe Green Lantern) before the smaller characters, such as Batgirl, Nightwing, and Lobo. Batgirl was also unlikely to ever happen before Matt Reeves’ The Batman, even with Whedon on board.
The Wrap also cites other factors that would affect DC Films’ future, such as Justice League‘s underperformance and the potential Time Warner/AT&T merger. More details on that can be found HERE.
So, while the Batgirl movie may not be dead (yet), it appears that it’s no longer a priority for WB and DC. Hopefully, the film will still happen down the line, but we shall see.
Stay tuned for more as we have it.