In recent weeks, there has been a lot of speculation about another potential project on Warner Bros.’ DCEU slate: a solo Batgirl movie. The film has been making headlines with the news that Joss Whedon is in talks to write and direct. Now, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins has weighed in on the topic, and she is enthusiastic about the idea of Whedon writing Batgirl.
Fan reaction to the news has been mixed, with many excited to see what Whedon can do for DC, while others feel that Batgirl should have a female writer/director at the helm. As far as Jenkins is concerned, though, Warners would be lucky to have him.
Speaking to the Toronto Sun, Jenkins expressed excitement for Whedon joining the DCEU, praising his fun approach:
“I don’t even know if that deal is done or not – I don’t have the inside scoop on that, but if it is done, then I’m excited about it. I think it’s super exciting, the tone of Joss’ work is great for female superheroes. He takes such a fun approach and I think he’ll have fun in the DC universe, which will be excited to have him.”
Whedon is well-known for his work on The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron for the MCU, but he became famous for his female-fronted TV series. Whedon was behind the hugely popular Buffy The Vampire Slayer, as well as female-led Dollhouse and ensemble series Firefly, which also featured several strong and complex female characters. Batgirl, another young woman who fights the forces of darkness, would therefore be familiar territory for Whedon.
Jenkins’ enthusiasm echoes that of many Batgirl fans, as well as those comic book fans who would like to see the DCEU take a lighter, more humorous approach to some of its superheroes. She is certainly right to say that he would bring the fun to his work with the franchise, and that his tone has been proven to work with female heroes. That said, it is a little surprising that Jenkins, as a female director for a female superhero movie, doesn’t address the concerns that have been raised over whether another woman would be a better fit for Batgirl. Of course, this is just a welcoming soundbite from the director, and she may well speak on the topic in more detail in future. And, of course, we are still waiting for that official confirmation that Whedon will be in the director’s chair for this one, as the deal is not yet confirmed.
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