A few weeks back, we learned that former Marvel Cinematic Universe director Joss Whedon had moved over to the Dark Side, and had signed on to helm Batgirl for the DC Extended Universe. This came to the shock of comic book fans everywhere. Not only was a Batgirl film not even on anyone’s radar, but to have Joss Whedon on board to helm the damn thing wasn’t something anyone in their right minds would have called.
As it turns out, Batgirl wasn’t even something that was on Warner Bros’ minds until Whedon came along. Speaking with EW, Whedon discussed how Batgirl sort of seemed to materialize out of thin air amid other conversations.
“We weren’t even talking about Batgirl – it came up as part of another conversation and then we all got so excited that the movie suddenly appeared. So that’s a really good sign to me. It wasn’t a slot they were trying to fill. We all just started talking about her and then I couldn’t stop. So, that’s a good feeling.”
So for one reason or another, Whedon and Warner Bros were having conversations, and at some point, the name Batgirl was thrown out, and they never looked back. This is a thought that should make a lot of fans happy. In the past, Warner Bros has been known to throw out a slate, and then work to meet those goals. This seems to be a case where creativity came first, and the film announcement came later, which is a nice change of pace for DC.
I can’t help but wonder what other types of projects they were discussing. Did Whedon go to Warner Bros to discuss non-DC-related properties, or was he initially brought in to discuss the possibility of directing another DC flick? That’s something we’ll likely never know. But it’s always fun to speculate.
What do you think of Whedon’s comments? Are you happy that Batgirl sort of materialized out of thin air? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!
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