Joss Whedon bows out of Batgirl movie

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Joss Whedon stepped down from the upcoming DC Comics film he was slated to write and direct due to problems he had finding the story.

His first foray into the DC Extended Universe - completing extensive reshoots on Zack Snyder's Justice League - resulted in a movie that was met with dismal reviews, and led to DC fans demanding to see the "Snyder Cut" instead. A white male taking on a female led superhero just wouldn't fly in today's climate, and Twitter would simply have a field day with every aspect of the making of this movie, especially after personal scandals rocked Whedon's world past year.

No word what is in store for Batgirl, but in a previous interview, Whedon discussed his plans for the movie, stating "I started getting obsessed with how a young woman could get hardcore enough to need to put on the cowl". In a statement, Whedon said it's because he couldn't figure out what to make the movie about.

It's an icky situation to say the least, but after "Justice League" ended up has a bit of a mess, there's no doubting it: Whedon really isn't the right guy to be making a spiritual follow-up to "Wonder Woman". The outlet also notes that Whedon's attachment to a film about a female superhero might have faced more scrutiny in today's culture, citing Patty Jenkins and Ryan Coogler's involvement in Wonder Woman and Black Panther as examples.

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No new director has been announced for the project.

It sounds like Whedon made a decision to leave on his own, and DC Films President Geoff Johns and Warner Bros.

Joss Whedon is often seen as a pioneer in feminist pop culture, creating the cult classic television show Buffy, the Vampire Slayer in 1997. Whedon is just the latest in a long line of creatives to have come on and left a project, though usually, it's further along than this. So we're pretty fine with this.