As Buffy the Vampire Slayer cast is celebrating its 20th anniversary, creator Joss Whedon has announced a great new update. He is all set to work on a solo Batgirl movie. According to reports, Warner Bros. is hiring him to direct, write, and produce the film that is going to be set in the DC Extended Universe. Whedon’s last movie was Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015.
Barbara Gordon, aka Batgirl, first appeared in 1967 and became a true representative of the Bat family. There are other Batgirls, including Betty Kane, Cassandra Cain, and Stephanie Brown. It is unclear at the moment which character Whedon will approach. However, the announcement of the solo Batgirl movie should be a welcome move for social activists, as Batgirl is considered as a feminist icon. Whedon is known for having strong women in his works. There are examples like Firefly, Dollhouse, and Buffy. He seems to be the perfect choice as the writer-director of the upcoming movie. Batgirl is an extremely important character for female fans.
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At this moment, no other producer is attached to the movie. Warner Bros. President Toby Emmerich, along with Geoff Johns and Jon Berg, is going to oversee the project. Even though Batgirl is one of the most popular superheroes among fans, she has never had a solo movie. This is the second DC Films movie with a female lead, with the other being Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. Other characters from the Gotham world are also expected to feature in the movie. Wonder Woman will hit theaters on June 2.
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Other DC Extended Universe movies are set for release soon. Justice League will debut on November 17, and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman will hit theaters in December of 2018. According to Variety, the studio is also working on Gotham City Sirens and a sequel to Suicide Squad.
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Joss Whedon had a tough time with Marvel Studios over his last movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron. In his own words, he had an “unpleasant” time with the studio, and now he is moving on to its rival production house. Whedon tried to make a Wonder Woman movie with DC, and he worked on it for years. However, it was eventually shelved. Vanity Fair hopes Whedon gets more creative control while making the Batgirl movie, as it will eventually help Warner’s cause.
Even though the solo Batgirl movie has just been reported, fans have already been speculating about it. An Australian artist at BossLogic earlier shared his vision about who could play Batgirl, and he chose Emma Stone for it. He designed the look with Emma as the superhero character. So far, there is no rumor about the Oscar-winning actress playing the character, but BossLogic’s illustration gives us an idea who brilliant Stone would look as the character.
If Joss Whedon sees the artwork, he might consider Emma Stone for the lead role. Now, Emma is no stranger to superhero movies. She previously played Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel. Gwen is often considered as Spider-Man’s “true love.” Fresh off the amazing success of La La Land, playing Batgirl could add a feather in Emma Stone’s crown, considering the onscreen brilliance she often brings.
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