What a difference a year makes. This time in 2017, the prospect of Joss Whedon directing “Batgirl” seemed like the best idea ever.
Whedon is an accomplished director of movies and TV shows with strong, capable female protagonists. At the time of the initial announcement of his “Batgirl”, he seemed perfect for the role, poised to bring “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” wit and charm to the DCEU.
That was before the allegations came out. For all that Whedon has talked a big game of female representation over the years, his ex-wife has now accused him of conducting several affairs over the course of their relationship with young, eager to please actresses that, she claims, he ultimately took advantage of.
It’s an icky situation to say the least, but after “Justice League” ended up has a bit of a mess, there’s no doubting it: Whedon really isn’t the right guy to be making a spiritual follow-up to “Wonder Woman”.
Apparently, the issue is also compounded by the fact that Whedon has spent the last year unable to come up with a decent idea for the “Batgirl” movie. Presumably there was no way to continue his trend of making a main character a prostitute, so he didn’t know where to go from there.
According to Whedon himself:
“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 [DC president Geoff Johns and Warners Picture Group president Toby Emmerich] and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I… uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed’?”
In your case, Joss, you really shouldn’t be worried about how sexy you sound. That’s not exactly helpful to your case at present.
Back when the news first broke that Whedon would be directing “Batgirl”, the biggest argument against such a thing was the fact that this meant a female director couldn’t have the gig, and seeing how Wonder Woman was filmed by Whedon compared with her appearance in her own movie, it’s safe to say that Warner Bros is far better off replacing Whedon with a female director, if only to make things less icky.
So good riddance, Joss Whedon: you’re a problematic director in an age of movements like #MeToo, you are by your own admission unable to come up with a decent premise for this movie, and ultimately, “Batgirl” is better off without you.