A lot of people saw this coming. When Joss Whedon got called in to work on Justice League to give it that Avengers-style, even with it announced he would do a Batgirl movie…fact is Whedon’s style wasn’t going to work with Warner Bros. He already had left Marvel because he felt exhausted working under studio pressure when making Avengers: Age of Ultron. I think he came to WB expecting something different. What happened? In taking over for Zack Snyder during post-production of Justice League, Whedon ultimately succumbed to the same studio oversight, maybe even worse. The result was a film that paid compliment to neither Whedon or Snyder. And whether this led to his decision or not, Whedon has now dropped out of the Batgirl film he was set to write and direct, quoting the following:
Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn’t have a story. I’m grateful to Geoff and Toby and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I… uh, is there a sexier word for “failed”?
While Toby Emmerich, Jon Berg, and Geoff Johns were overseeing the project, which Whedon was working on for a year, there is no word what will happen with it since Warner Bros. has been reworking the staff behind the DCEU films. While a slew of films are in development, only Aquaman and Shazam! are in active production. We’ll keep you posted. Stay tuned!