The Hollywood Reporter has revealed Joss Whedon will no longer be directing DC’s standalone Batgirl film.
Whedon jumped from the Marvel Cinematic Universe over to DC Films and was set to both write and direct the Batgirl feature. His involvement came to light shortly before The Avengers director was revealed to be taking over both additional photography and post-production responsibilities for Zack Snyder on Justice League. Snyder had exited the project due to a family tragedy. Officially, Whedon was said to be beginning his work on the project this year. It was reportedly based on a pitch that was strong enough to convince Warner Bros. to add the project to their ever-expanding list DC projects.
Rumors began to swirl last fall that the executives at the studio wanted Whedon off the project after the director liked a tweet criticizing the villain in Justice League. This was reportedly false, however, and according to the trade’s sources, Whedon’s exit is because he couldn’t manage to break a story centered on Barbara Gordon, which lines up with an official statement the director released:
“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. 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’?”
Batgirl now joins a long list of DC projects that are in a questionable stage of development which includes The Batman, Man of Steel 2, Nightwing, Cyborg, Gotham City Sirens, Green Lantern Corps, Black Adam, and Justice League Dark. According to The Tracking Board, if the Batgirl feature were to move forward, the studio and Hamada are planning to hire a female director to helm the project.
DC Films is currently in the process of restructuring itself with The Conjuring executive producer Walter Hamada now overseeing the DC Films division at the studio, and working closely with DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns. Warner Bros. executive Chantal Nong was just named Vice President of production at DC Films earlier this week.
Currently, the only DC Films on the horizon include Aquaman, Shazam!, and the highly-anticipated Wonder Woman sequel with Aquaman slated to hit theaters December 21, 2018, followed by Shazam! on April 5, 2019, and Wonder Woman 2 on November 1, 2019.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of DC Films as we learn it.
10 Great Potential Directors For DC’s ‘Green Lantern Corps’
Green Lantern Corps has been on the DC Films slate for quite some time, but it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything solid about the project. The film’s original release date was slated for 2020 yet no director, casting announcement or any real progress has been made so far. Warner Bros. and DC failed to lay the groundwork for the film by introducing a Green Lantern as a member of the Justice League (except for a small cameo in a flashback). It is safe to assume Warner Bros. wants to have a good amount of time to distance the general audience from the disastrous 2011 Green Lantern film starring Ryan Reynolds. Yet now approaching seven years one has to wonder when this film will get off the ground? The success of Guardians of the Galaxy has proven no concept is too far out there for the general movie going audience and DC could have its own intergalactic saga to compete with Marvel by making this movie.
Warner Bros. and DC even have an interesting hook to separate Green Lantern Corps from not only Guardians of the Galaxy but also every other major superhero film. The DC project is supposedly a “buddy cop film set in space.” Basically Lethal Weapon meets Star Trek. Or even for a more modern reference, The Nice Guys meets Mass Effect. That’s a great pitch for any movie. Green Lantern Corps needs to be a higher priority for the studio than Lobo, Nightwing or that Joker origin movie.
The first step is finding the right director for the project. David S. Goyer, who has written a draft of the script, was rumored to be in talks to helm the project, but Warner Bros. and DC are paving a new path forward so they may want to try getting a better director. Hundreds of directors make interesting films every year and given the recent success of Black Panther, Wonder Woman and Thor: Ragnarok, it’s clear that some of the best choices come from unconventional places.
These are the ten directors that should be on Warner Bros. and DC’s radar to help bring the Green Lantern Corps to the big screen. Click Next to get started!