Joss Whedon to Write/Direct Batgirl Movie Based on New 52

Joss Whedon is nearing a deal to write and direct a solo Batgirl movie for DC/Warner Bros.

Well this was a no-brainer.  Variety announced today that Joss Whedon, of Avengers and Buffey fame among other notable credits, is nearing a deal to write, direct and produce a Batgirl movie in the DC cinematic universe.  He’s a writer/director with a history in comic book properties who’s known for crafting stories focusing on strong female protagonists.  He even previously wrote a script for a Wonder Woman film, prior to the current shared universe, that never got made.  So he is a natural fit for a a Batgirl movie.

Now the question is which Batgirl will be featured in the movie and what point in time?  According to a report from Entertainment Weekly, the Batgirl in Whedon’s movie will not only be Barbara Gordon, but will be the version from the New 52 DC Comics where she has recovered from paralyzing injuries inflicted from the Joker.  Here’s the EW report.

“Sources tell EW that this version will be Barbara Gordon, daughter of Commissioner Gordon, and the movie will use the DC Comics “New 52” version of the character as a starting point.

In that timeline, launched in 2011, Barbara Gordon has recovered from a paralyzing spinal injury notoriously inflicted on her by the Joker in the 1988 graphic novel The Killing Joke. In the earlier books, that damage confined her to a wheelchair and ended her flying, swinging, punching career as Batgirl — but she continued to fight the good fight under the name Oracle as a super-hacker.

The New 52 books feature her several years after the Joker attack, having recovered full mobility after experimental surgery, although she is still haunted by the near-death experience.”

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The original announcement from Variety also stated that “the project will also feature other characters from the world of Gotham.”  Does this mean we could be seeing an appearance by Ben Affleck’s Batman or Nightwing (previously reported to be getting his own standalone film)?  Could characters such as Black Canary or the Huntress be introduced in this movie for a potential Birds of Prey team up film (possibly throwing down with the Gotham City Sirens who will be getting a movie of their own).  DC’s MO has been to portray fully formed and experienced characters instead of putting out origin movies, so I would anticipate her movie to focus on a new adventure for Babs with a heavy helping of flashbacks to how she became Batgirl, the injury she sustained at the hands of the Joker, and her time as Oracle.

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What do you think?  Do you like the prospect of a Joss Whedon written and directed Batgirl movie?  Who is your dream choice to play Barbara Gordon?  Which Batgirl story do you think is ripe for adapting to the big screen?  Share your thoughts below.

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