Joss Whedon out of Batgirl, who will take over?

Joss Whedon has quit as the director and writer of "Batgirl". In the report, THR says that Whedon spent a year trying the crack the story, but was unable to do so.

The directing gig was announced past year, after Whedon stepped in to finish "Justice League" when Zack Snyder left the project following his daughter's suicide.

It's a two-part issue, one that reflects both Whedon's past and the present state of the industry.

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And as soon as one key to the films of super-heroes and the universe expanded, all of a sudden, this interdependence jumps well in the face. Instead, Justice League was a commercial and critical flop, with other films quickly passing its total gross within a matter of days.

The Emmy winner's reputation took another major hit last November when his estranged wife Kai Cole called him a "hypocrite" and "repeated cheater" in The Wrap following 16 years of marriage and two children.

The fact that Whedon had apparently gotten the "Batgirl" gig without a fully fleshed-out concept in mind is the epitome of white male privilege, but also not hard to believe happening in Hollywood.

Though he seems like a good fit on paper, we were slightly uneasy when Whedon was hired for this project, and it seems like the cultural landscape has shifted seismically since then. They are out there. Instead, Whedon will be writing for the comic book series Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning.

Only months after yet another DCEU project, Justice League, debuted to mixed reviews, this is the news out of the company, that is in the middle of a reshuffling. But he's also directed two of the biggest superhero movies of all time, Avengers and Avengers II: Age of Ultron. Although the character Betty Kane was introduced into publication in 1961 by Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff as Bat-Girl, she was replaced by Barbara Gordon in 1967, who later came to be identified as the iconic Batgirl.

  • Salvatore Jensen