– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Well, this ain’t good for Batgirl. On the heels of a report that implied Batgirl could be one of the next big projects from DC Films, THR is now stating that director Joss Whedon has exited the project altogether.

The reason? Whedon states that he simply doesn’t have a story in mind. Here’s what he said in a statement to the outlet:

Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn’t have a story. I’m grateful to Geoff [Johns] and Toby [Emmerich] and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I… uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed’?”

It’s been almost a year since Whedon was first announced to be attached to Batgirl, and in the time since then, he helped to land Justice League in theaters when Zack Snyder stepped down as director. While it would be easy to point at that film, the state of the DCEU, and perhaps Whedon’s own personal issues as real reasons for him stepping down, it certainly does sound like Whedon was being honest.

According to the outlet’s sources, the filmmaker faced real story issues with the character, and in a world where we just received Wonder Woman, any Batgirl movie that came from a male filmmaker would be scrutinized all the more closely. He likely didn’t want to try at all unless he felt like he had a home run.

However, after years and years of being steeped in the superhero worlds, it looks like Whedon is once again a free agent.

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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.