Joss Whedon to Write and Direct Batgirl?

Variety is reporting that director/writer Joss Whedon will direct a standalone Batgirl film. Whedon and Warner Bros. are “nearing a deal” and he’ll write, direct, and produce the film as part of a “DC Extended Universe.”

Also reported is that Toby Emmerich, Job Berg, and Geoff Johns are overseeing the production and it originated last month.

Generally, Batgirl is Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner Jim Gordon and first appeared in 1967 in “The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!” by writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino.

This isn’t the first time Whedon has dipped into comic based films. He has been integral in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and writer and directed The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. He also was involved with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He was rumored at one point to be working on a Wonder Woman film.

DC has a lot of films in the works are coming out soon including Wonder Woman and Justice League this year, Aquaman, a Suicide Squad sequel, Gotham City Sirens (spinning off from Suicide Squad), The Batman, Shazam, Black Adam, The Flash, and Cyborg. Expect a big push at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.

Art by Christian Wildgoose

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