Marvel's The Avengers director and Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon is exiting the Warner Bros. Batgirl project he was attached to write and direct.
“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,” Whedon told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement Thursday. “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’?”
"Geoff and Toby" are DC president Geoff Johns and Warners Picture Group president Toby Emmerich.
Whedon's Batgirl was announced in March 2017.
According to THR's sources, after a year of trying Whedon "could not crack the code of what a Batgirl movie should be."
Despite being regarded as a female empowerment media trailblazer for creating Buffy over 20 years ago, THR reports that in addition to story issues, "industry sources" added that in today’s cultural entertainment environment, "a male filmmaker may have faced greater public scrutiny if he were to have tackled a movie with such feminist importance such as Batgirl or Wonder Woman, much like a white filmmaker would have seen backlash if they were to take on the Black Panther movie."
THR did not report whether the project will live on without Whedon.