Looks like Joss Whedon will be making the big switch, as he is in negotiations with Warner Bros. to direct a Batgirl movie as a part of their DC Extended Universe.
Variety reports that the project originated last month during a meeting between Whedon and DC Films heads Geoff Johns and Jon Berg. If the deal comes true, Whedon will also act as writer and producer.
Whedon has previously written and directed The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While The Avengers was a great success, Whedon had a troubled production with the sequel which is why he didn’t return to the MCU afterwards.
Curiously, Whedon isn’t the first director to change sides. Before Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins was attached to direct Thor: The Dark World, but left thanks to those pesky “creative differences.”
Like many, I think Whedon is an exceptional filmmaker, so I hope this project comes true for him, unlike the Wonder Woman film he was developing around 10 years ago. Also, there’s no denying he’ll have more creative freedom over at Warner Bros.
Batgirl could be joining the ever-growing slate of DC Extended Universe films in development which includes James Wan’s Aquaman, Matt Reeves’ The Batman, David Ayer’s Gotham City Sirens, The Flash, a Suicide Squad sequel, Shazam and Green Lantern Corps.