– by Joseph Jammer Medina


A couple weeks back, DC fans were hit with a bombshell when it was reported that Joss Whedon would be directing a Batgirl movie. Not only was this a case of material being a good match for the filmmaker, but it was a huge case of an influential filmmaker crossing streams. Not only did Joss Whedon helm two Avengers films for Marvel Studios, but he had also worked hard during the duration of their Phase 2 in various features.

In a sense, Joss Whedon was the force that was helping to shepherd this universe, along with Kevin Feige, to where it ended up at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. To the eyes of fans, it’s almost scene as a filmmaker turning on a former ally.

So what does Marvel Studios think of all this? Speaking with THR, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige cleared up any rumors that may have been brewing about the relationship between Whedon and Marvel.

“He called a couple months ago, which he didn’t have to do and was super cool of him and super nice of him. And we couldn’t be more supportive. We want to see a Joss Whedon Batgirl film be awesome.”

As interesting as it would be to see Marvel Studios blow up at Whedon, and say how much they want his interpretation of Batgirl to fail, the reality is often much less interesting than a film. It’s been almost two years since Avengers: Age of Ultron, and as wonderful as those years between Whedon and Marvel have been, both have moved on to different ventures.

Given Whedon’s affinity for superheroes, it seemed inevitable that he’d cross over at some point. Plus, at the end of the day, these superheroes movies all being good is ultimately to Marvel’s benefit, as it helps to create the whole genre stronger in the eyes of the consumer. The stronger the genre, the longer it’ll last, and we know Marvel Studios is in it for the long haul. 

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.