Some time ago, writer-director Joss Whedon had officially switched sides from Marvel to DC, opting to both help finish up Justice League and to move on to Batgirl soon after. But what kind of story would he end up making for her? In a world where audiences are wanting the female perspective on female characters, it seemed a bit odd to hand it to Whedon — even though he does have a reputation for writing strong women.
It didn’t last incredibly long. Soon after, Whedon dropped out of the project, pretty much saying he didn’t have an idea, and that he failed. Now, in a new interview on the red carpet of Avengers: Infinity War, he expands on that idea, and from the sound of it, he wasn’t really lacking an idea.
“It had been a year since I first pitched the story. A lot happened in that year and I felt that some of the elements might not work as well and the story kind of just crumbled in my hands. There were elements that I just hadn’t mastered, and after a long time I felt like I wasn’t going to. So, I told people that I didn’t have an idea, which isn’t exactly true. I had an idea and it just didn’t fit into the space that was left for it. It was a little heartbreaking because I was so excited about it but I’m currently working on something of my own and there’s nothing more exciting to me than that.”
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While Whedon continues to be vague in his comments, it sounds like he had a story that perhaps didn’t fit in the current landscape of feminism. Perhaps he felt that as women’s voices were getting stronger in cinema and in the real world, there would be a false ring to the story he was going to tell. He did say something to that effect earlier on, so it’s possible he grew intimidated at the prospect of his story being put under the microscope of female fans everywhere.
What do you think of Whedon’s comments? Do you get the same reading from it as I do, or do you infer something else from it? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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