UPDATE: EW recently reached out to their own sources, and according to the outlet, Joss Whedon is still attached to Batgirl, and is currently in the process of writing the script. The outlet goes on to say that this could still change down the line.
That being said, it is a bit suspect that SuperBroMovies was told to take down the report, and that they were preparing to put out an official statement. We’ll have to see how this one rolls out.
The house of cards over at Warner Bros. seem to be toppling. On the heels of Justice League’s underperformance at the box office, the folks over at SuperBroMovies have now reported that a source at Warner Bros. has told them Joss Whedon, who helmed the reshoots for the flick, would no longer direct the Batgirl movie, as previously announced.
According to the report, the decision for him to move on was made months ago, but they opted to wait, as they could have always changed their mind (probably waiting to see the performance of Justice League).
The reasons for his departure weren’t stated, but it’s possible that it has to do both with his work on Justice League, and the problems with his personal life. If you’re unaware, a few months back, his ex-wife published an essay online. In it, she chronicled his infidelity, and highlighted the fact that he was a man who strove to empower women. She pointed to his “hypocrisy” at being a cheater and a feminist (you can take from that statement what you will).
Following the lackluster performance of Justice League, it was likely the final nail in the coffin.
While writing this piece, the original report from SuperBroMovies was pulled down, and the following tweet posted:
On behalf of Warner Bros, we have been asked to delete the article on Joss Whedon no longer directing Batgirl, out of respect for the industry and company we will be.
They are preparing to put out an official statement as well. pic.twitter.com/OS4NhcXHOq
— SuperBroMovies (@SuperBroMovies) November 22, 2017
With this in mind, it sounds like this is more than just a rumor, and will likely get an official announcement soon.
What do you think? Is this a huge loss for Warner Bros.? Let us know your thoughts down below!