Director of Marvel’s The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Firefly, Joss Whedon, is nearing a deal to move into DC territory to write, direct and produce a new stand-alone Batgirl film for Warner Bros. as part of the DC extended Universe.
In an exclusive interview with Variety, Joss Whedon announced that he would be making the big move to DC with plans to finally bring the heroine into the spotlight with a stand-alone film. Batgirl appeared in DC comics in 1967, and despite being included in the live action Batman & Robin, as well as The LEGO Batman Movie and several other animated feature length films, the popular superhero never received her own film.
Following the exciting news one big question remained, which version of Batgirl will be taking centre stage?
Sources have told EW the film would bring Barbara Gordon to the big screen.
“The movie will use the DC Comics New 52 version of the character as a starting point,” said the source.
The 52 version was launched in 2011 by writer Gail Simone and takes place several years after the Joker attacked in The Killing Joke, leaving Batgirl with a paralyzing spinal injury. Having recovering full mobility after an experimental surgery Batgirl is back in action, but still haunted by the near-death-experience.
The film is said to follow Gail Simone’s harder edged storyline rather than a more comical Batgirl in the playful Batgirl of Burnside series which featured the hero as a social media obsessed student.
The untitled Batgirl film marks the third upcoming DC film set to star a female lead, with a Harley Quinn lead DC spin-off reportedly in the works, and the upcoming Wonder Woman film set to hit cinemas June 2.