Playing on some of his best strengths, director Joss Whedon rocketed the 2012 ensemble superhero throwdown, The Avengers to over a billion a half dollars worldwide at the time. The sequel did less so but in the same vicinity which, without question, maintained Whedon’s veracity as a filmmaker despite his struggles with the project in its standing amid the ever-fluctuating Marvel movie universe.
That was the last time we heard of Whedon in anything in the realm of superhero movies until now with breaking reports this week from Variety and EW of a new Batgirl movie now in the works at Warner Bros. Pictures. A DC property like this for live-action wouldn’t be a bad idea either seeing as how Alicia Silverstone donned her own effeminate cape and cowl for Joel Schumacher’s iteration in Batman And Robin with George Clooney and Chris O’Donnell.
Whedon has reportedly neared talks to, and may likely write, produce and direct the film which comes just as the DCU is on its way to introducing actor J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon in the forthcoming Justice League film which opens this November; In the comics following her launch in 1961, it was six years later that his daughter, Barbara Gordon, would emerge as the most iconic portrayal.
Preceding Silverstone among other appearances, late actress Yvonne Craig took the mantle next to Adam West in William Dozier Jr.’s Batman TV series in 1967, while actress Rosario Dawson voiced the character as recently as this Winter in The LEGO Batman Movie from Chris McKay, who himself, is now directing Nightwing for the studio. Whedon’s take on the character will take its cues from Gail Simone’s “The New 52” series in which Gordon fights to regain her mobility and return topside following a crippling near-death experience while facing off with the elusive Joker.
WB President and content chief officer Toby Emmerich is overseeing the film with Jon Berg and Geoff Johns just as Ben Affleck’s starring role The Batman slates itself to take shape next to the studio’s plans for a Suicide Squad sequel and a spin-off therein with Gotham City Sirens.