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Joss Whedon bows out of Batgirl movie

23 February 2018, 02:01 | Mandy Simon

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"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"?"

Though Whedon's statement feels like the ideal example of why he isn't the right choice for the film - Joss, why are you trying to make failure sexy? Hollywood Reporter noted that industry sources added the studio feared backlash resulting from a man writing a strong female character such as Batgirl.

Whedon is a creator long hailed for his focus on female action heroes, but one who has come under scrutiny in recent years for how he treats women in his personal life - and for themes of the feminine in his work that have aged poorly.

"Joss Whedon is finally of Batgirl".


Now, with Justice League in the rearview, Whedon is departing Batgirl altogether. Which was what was similar to what he said years ago with his Wonder Woman script. And while some have touted Whedon's status as a feminist, an essay from Whedon's ex-wife that revealed how Whedon reportedly abused his power as a producer while working on the set of his television shows shattered that for some fans.

Last year Joss Whedon became part of Warner Bros.' DCEU after signing on to direct Batgirl and overseeing reshoots and editing on Justice League.

What do you think of Whedon's exit from Batgirl?

There were some early roadblocks, though, with THR reporting that Whedon "could not crack the code" for the film, and was perhaps a bit overshadowed by the monster success of last summer's "Wonder Woman", putting more pressure on the project - and him. After all, the films Whedon is credited with directing (leaving out "Justice League") have grossed almost three billion dollars worldwide, and there's all that pre-established nerd cred...



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