For Warner Bros. mission to create a shared universe surrounding the greatest DC heroes and villains, the blows seem to keep coming. While there are seemingly bright spots on the way with this falls’ Aquaman along with next year’s Shazam! and Wonder Woman sequel, the universe has taken quite a lot of losses over the last few years.
The latest loss comes to their in-development Batgirl film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joss Whedon has exited the film which he was slated to write and direct.
“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 told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. “I’m grateful to [DC President] Geoff [Johns] and [Warners Picture Group president] Toby [Emmerich] and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I…uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed?'”
Whedon’s involvement with Batgirl began in March 2017 with the film set to star the Barbara Gordon version of the heroine and tie into the momentum that was expected to come from Wonder Woman. Shortly after it was revealed that Whedon was stepping up to take over for Zack Snyder on Justice League, which was slated to undergo quite a number of reshoots after the change.
Rumors of Whedon’s departure came in late 2017 around the time that Justice League arrived and was greeted by a very lackluster response critically and at the box office, greatly underperforming for a film that features DC Comics top characters.
Currently, there is no word on who might step up to replace him, if anyone will as the studio very well could decide to look elsewhere film wise. This isn’t the first director the studio has lost for the DC films as The Batman lost Ben Affleck and The Flash has gone through three different sets of directors with still no new director attached.
Outside of the aforementioned Aquaman, Wonder Woman 2 and Shazam!, the studio has a slew of films that are said to be in development but currently, nothing has been announced as solidly coming to theaters anytime soon.