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Why Joss Whedon Is The Perfect Choice For The Batgirl Film

With all the talk about a new Ben Affleck Batman film, perhaps his former sidekick just snuck up on us. Batgirl is getting a solo film of her own, Warner Bros. has announced. The superheroine’s film is intended to be a part of the bigger DC Extended Universe. That is, it will be an extension to the Justice League films we’re getting this year. And none other than Joss Whedon is slated to write, direct, and produce it, as shared by Variety.

It would be an interesting move for Whedon. The director made his career attached to shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But he has recently been most recognized as the director of Avengers and its sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. So from Marvel to DC, then?

Barbara Gordon

Batgirl was first introduced in the 1960’s. Barbara Gordon was once daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon, but in some other depictions, was his niece, or the niece of Alfred Pennyworth.

When she wasn’t donning her costume, Barbara was a noted librarian or PhD. Her skills in information technology, and her uncanny genius-level intellect, made her outstanding among members of Batman’s family. Still, she could take care of herself on the field, having learned how to fight from Batman himself.

Gordon was infamously shot and paralyzed in The Killing Joke, and later “returned” as the Oracle, an informant and sort of eye in the sky for Batman.

Why Joss Whedon Is Perfect For Batgirl

So far, we’ve noticed a pattern of DC trying to shed the total dourness and darkness of the DCEU. Man of Steel and Dawn of Justice were heavy affairs, but were critically panned. While Wonder Woman and Justice League have yet to hit theaters, their trailers finally seem to allow a joke or two. A greater sense of fun – something that has made DC great over the years – is finally pervading the films.

Joss Whedon‘s track record – Avengers, Cabin In The Woods, and his similar material – have proven that he can be serious without being too gloomy. His films are shown to be pretty self-aware, but the execution typically works out in the end. Batgirl’s recent 2014 redesign – going purple instead of black – fits the kind of lively hero that who fits that lighthearted approach.

If Batgirl were to receive the same treatment, we’ll be getting a thrilling film that explores the character, but keeps all of her heart. The DCEU is in need of a homerun. Whedon could be the one to knock it out of the park.

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