Seems like we were only just reminiscing about the Buffy glory days, when today (March 31) brings news that its creator Joss Whedon is behind a new standalone Batgirl movie.
Variety is reporting that he will write, direct and produce the film for Warner Bros, though no decision on casting has been made yet.
The news is all the more surprising as it represents a move away from the Marvel universe — where Joss has been responsible for 2012’s The Avengers, plus more recently Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — to that of DC Comics.
Batgirl, of course, made her first appearance in the comics way back in the 1960s as the alter ego of Barbara Gordon, daughter of Commissioner James Gordon. She’s certainly has a dramatic past: having been paralysed from the waist down by the Joker in Alan Moore‘s controversial 1988 graphic novel The Killing Joke, she regained her ability to walk 23 years later when DC rebooted her storyline in 2011.
After all this time, though, the crime-busting heroine has never had a movie of her own, with with Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel both getting the big screen treatment over the coming years.
The new film may be Batgirl’s first solo outing, but it won’t be the first time she’s been played on celluloid, however. Cast your mind back to 1997 and Batman & Robin, where she was played by Clueless‘s Alicia Silverstone alongside George Clooney‘s Batman, Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy, and Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze.
The new film is also expected to feature other characters from Gotham, although it is not known yet if Batman himself will appear.
One thing’s for sure though, she’ll be a heck of a lot more feisty with Joss Wheedon in the director’s chair. Speculation has already begun as to who might play the superheroine, what with Hollywood A-listers Gal Gadot and Brie Larson signing up to play Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel respectively.
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