When it was revealed that Joss Whedon was to write and direct a Batgirl fan, the collective geek community gave an almighty cheer. Similarly, said fans were then left massively disappointed to hear that Whedon had walked away from the project earlier this year. Well, Whedon has now been given an update on the specifics behind all of this unfortunately not working out.
If you remember back, previously Joss claimed that he simply realised that he didn’t have a story for the film. That in itself seemed a bit odd, given Whedon’s creative juices and the slew of brilliant Batgirl comic book stories to pull from. And it appears that there was a little more to this than Whedon had initially let out of the bag.
As he explained to Variety, “It had been a year since I first pitched the story. A lot happened in that year and I felt that some of the elements might not work as well, and the story kind of just crumbled in my hands. There were elements that I just hadn’t mastered, and after a long time I felt like I wasn’t going to. So, I told people that I didn’t have an idea, which isn’t exactly true. I had an idea and it just didn’t fit into the space that was left for it. It was a little heartbreaking because I was so excited about it, but I’m currently working on something of my own and there’s nothing more exciting to me than that.”
What’s next for Joss Whedon remains to be seen, as does what’s next for Batgirl – just one of a huge amount of DC Extended Universe movies pencilled in by Warner Brothers over the next several years.