What a time to be involved with the DCEU! Especially with so many rumors and speculation over films, casts and creative teams. Yesterday the news broke that Joss Whedon was stepping away from the Batgirl film with the reason being that he said he did not have a story. My hats off to Whedon as if this was the case, it’s a better move than forcing a bad film, which let’s be honest Warner Bros. Pictures is no stranger to.
But with the vacant spot left to write the screenplay for the solo Batgirl film, who could fill in? Well, there has been some interest by Wynonna Earp show runner Emily Andras and comic book writer Gail Simone, but it’s New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay who has caught DC Entertainment’s attention when she tweeted: “Hey @DCComics I can write your batgirl movie, no prob.” Soon after Michelle Wells, a vice president at Warner Bros. Entertainment, responded to her tweet asking her to send an e-mail to her if she was serious.
Hey @DCComics I can write your batgirl movie, no prob.
— roxane gay (@rgay) February 22, 2018
Although Whedon had given his reasons for leaving, it is speculated that Warner Bros. is looking for a woman to replace him. Especially after the success of films like Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, that was so well received. After the Justice League failed expectations, the studio has been looking to reshape the DC Comics film slate by bringing new executives to oversee the projects. For example, earlier this week they hired Chantal Nong as the new vice president of production of the DC film group.
Gay, author of Bad Feminist and who last year released the memoir Hunger is not new to comics. She co-wrote the Marvel Comics’ series Black Panther: World of Wakanda with Ta-Nehisi Coates and Yona Harvey in 2016.
Although Batgirl is an important figure in the Batman mythos, there are so many other characters that I feel Warner Bros. should be looking into for films. I do not feel that with the track record Warner Bros. currently has with it’s films, that it’s a proper time for a Batgirl film.
With that said, any thoughts on Roxane Gay writing a Batgirl film? Should they even continue to pursue a Batgirl film? Let us know in the comment section below!
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Source: Roxane Gay