The director of Marvel’s Avengers and DC’s Justice League will not be spearheading a tentative Batgirl movie because he would be facing potential public scrutiny as a man in charge of a feminist movie.
The male feminist ideologue who was initially signed on to write and direct Warner Bros.’ Batgirl movie released a statement today explaining his exit.
“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 said to The Hollywood Reporter in a statement, adding that he was thankful to WB’s Toby Emerrich and DC President Geoff Johns for welcoming him onto the project, and for being “so understanding when I…uh, is there a sexier word for failed?”
Late last year, Joss Whedon was called out by his now ex-wife for allegedly cheating on her for many years with young actresses tied to his TV shows and movies.
Whedon was signed on to lead the movie in March 2017, months prior to his personal scandal. He hoped to bring Batgirl to the silver screen as a feminist icon. Her presence would serve as a second strong female lead alongside Wonder Woman. In the DC comics, Batgirl is Barbara Gordon, Commissioner Gordon’s daughter and Batman’s sidekick.
Industry sources speaking to THR said that even as Whedon faced story issues, he also faced potential controversy for being a man in charge of a movie of “such feminist importance” like Batgirl.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter.
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