‘Batgirl’ No Longer A Priority At DC Films

It’s funny how quickly things turn around. A year ago Warner Bros. was soaring on the news they had hired Joss Whedon, the architect of much of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to work on Justice League and then to do a solo Batgirl movie. Well, one was a dud and the other was put in limbo when Whedon dropped out of directing Batgirl due to a lack of story. While a number of female writers immediately threw their hats in the ring to take over, there won’t be any rush to make this movie a reality.

The Wrap reports that a new director won’t be attached to Batgirl any time soon as the project is no longer a priority for DC Films. The reasoning is solid. The plan had been to launch solo movies featuring the core Justice League characters: Flash, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Batman, Aquaman, etc., before taking on spinoff movies of others. That doesn’t just include Batgirl, but other percolating projects like Nightwing, Deathstroke, and Lobo. No matter what, the film wasn’t going to shoot before Reeves gets The Batman off the ground, and we’ve seen how long that has taken.

Of course, there’s also the fact that DC Films is on shaky ground internally. Besides the failing box office for everything other than Wonder Woman and Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. faces an uncertain fate due to a possible merger with AT&T.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.