Variety has reported a tectonic plate shift in the makeup of DC’s film universe: Joss Whedon is bringing us a Batgirl film.
Whedon is set to write, direct, produce the project, with no other producers currently attached. This would make him the first creator to step across the Marvel-DC divide as the two comics titans duke it out for box office supremacy.
It is likely that Whedon has something approaching carte blanche on this project–initial rumors on Batman v Superman suggested that Jena Malone was playing Barbara Gordon in a scene the ultimately ended up on the cutting room floor, but the director’s cut later revealed this not to be the case. This means that the character has not been brought into the DC Cinematic Universe, and there is ample room to weave Barbara into the framework that BvS, Justice League, and The Batman create (seeing as she will likely be operating in Gotham, adjacent to Batman’s coming and goings).
No word yet on casting or a release date, but this in an interesting move for Whedon to be sure. More to come….