Why Joss Whedon Just Dropped Out of Directing 'Batgirl'
Why Joss Whedon Just Dropped Out of Directing 'Batgirl'
23 February, 2018, 04:26
Sourcestold The Hollywood Reporter that part of Whedon's problems may have stemmed from potential backlash in a man helming a film about a female superhero, particularly in the age of #MeToo and Time's Up.
His first foray into the DC Extended Universe - completing extensive reshoots on Zack Snyder's Justice League - resulted in a movie that was met with dismal reviews, and led to DC fans demanding to see the "Snyder Cut" instead. "I'm grateful to [DC president] Geoff [Johns] and [Warners Picture Group president] Toby [Emmerich] and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I. uh, is there a sexier word for "failed"?"
Before walking away from Batgirl, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator explained he didn't want a big Hollywood name to take on the titular role, the alter ego of Barbara Gordon - the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner and Batman associate James Gordon. His never-produced screenplay for Wonder Woman was held up on the internet as evidence that not everything he writes is Firefly. In a statement, Whedon said it's because he couldn't figure out what to make the movie about.
Of course, this may not be the only reason that Whedon is - or should be - stepping aside.
Whedon also took heat for his portrayal of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Justice League (too many "behind" shots).
Though Whedon's statement feels like the ideal example of why he isn't the right choice for the film - Joss, why are you trying to make failure sexy?
Apparently, the issue is also compounded by the fact that Whedon has spent the previous year unable to come up with a decent idea for the "Batgirl" movie.
Admittedly it is a tough gig, with the success of "Wonder Woman" giving great importance to another female hero in the limelight. So we're pretty fine with this.
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