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Recently, Warner Bros has been announcing development on a variety of different DC Comics characters recently. In January, it was announced that in addition to being the villain in their upcoming Shazam! movie, Dwayne Johnson would also be playing the character of Black Adam in a film centered solely around that character. This was followed in February by an announcement that LEGO Batman director Chris McKay was returning to helm a live-action film about the character Nightwing. It seems like there’s a pattern of monthly announcements of new films from DC, the latest came out last week. Variety is reporting that Joss Whedon is nearing a deal that would have him writing, directing, and producing a Batgirl film.
At this point, it is apparent that Warner Bros has pretty much abandoned their slate of films that they had announced a couple years back. Nobody is really sure what is happening behind the scenes with these DC projects, but it appears that there is some major restructuring going on. This can be seen in the recent announcement of Ben Affleck’s departure from the director’s chair of The Batman followed closely by one confirming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves would take that responsibility. Also, both The Batman and The Flash are getting complete script re-writes, and there are rumors circulating that Warner Bros is rearranging their entire DC release slate. All of this points to the fact that they are now changing course entirely for their DC Extended Universe, which after the response to both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, might not be a bad idea.
The announcement of this Batgirl movie adds further credence to that idea. Ben Affleck’s take on Batman was the one thing that was almost universally praised about Batman v Superman. It seems that Warner Bros is turning the direction of their universe to center around that strong point. If recent reports are to be believed, Affleck might end up exiting the role after The Batman. If that comes to fruition, Batman and all of the characters that come with him are not properties WB would be willing to let sit idle. They would most likely want to fill that Batman-void with other similar characters. This would make more sense out of both this Batgirl film and the recently announced Nightwing film.
In any other circumstance, I would probably not be interested in seeing a Batgirl film. I’ve never really been a big fan of the character, but I’m very curious to see what approach will be taken to this film and how it fits into the overall universe. Batgirl (and Nightwing), if done right, could become an extremely successful film. People are interested in Batman’s supporting cast. In fact, Batgirl and Nightwing’s solo comic titles are frequently outselling some of DC’s tentpole characters such as Green Lantern and Aquaman. So it would make sense that these characters would get their own solo films, especially if WB is looking to make this a more Batman-oriented universe.
The most exciting and interesting thing about this Batgirl project is Joss Whedon’s attachment. Joss Whedon, the director of both Avengers films and the mind behind acclaimed TV shows such as Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is the creative force behind this film. This would be less surprising if Whedon’s departure from the Marvel Universe had been more passive, but it wasn’t a good breakup. To see Whedon jump ship from Marvel, then only a few years later get on board with DC is extremely interesting. Some DC fans, such as myself, might find themselves ecstatic about the idea, others might not.
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