DC Films and Warner Brothers are so desperate to replicate the success of Marvel that the only method left for them is to go straight to the source. Joss Whedon has been a staple for the rival studio for many years now, writing, producing and finally directing for The Avengers and The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
According to Variety, discussions between DC and Whedon are underway as they look to bring a standalone Batgirl movie into their DCEU. Geoff Johns, Jon Berg and Toby Emmerich are believed to be part of the headhunting process to see Whedon jump ship from Marvel.
The title will look to incorporate a number of players from the Batman world, potentially featuring Ben Affleck himself or those featured in Suicide Squad and/or the upcoming Harley Quinn spinoff Gotham City Sirens. The latter could very will be the introduction for the character alongside the likes of Catwoman and Poison Ivy.
Buffy A Trail Blazer 20 Years On
20 years after the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer went to air in 1997, Whedon opened up to THR about the show that was before its time. Writing 25 and directing 28 episodes of the hit show, the 52-year old said that Sarah Michelle Gellar's Buffy Summers character was out of the ordinary for the mid 90s.
"Female-driven stories are part of TV in a way that they used to be part of movies," he argued. "Even before it was respectable, a great film actress could make a home in TV and get much more to work with — especially after a certain age. But having a female be the lead of an action series threw some people. That has definitely changed. What women are able to do in front of the camera has improved a great deal. There's more options, more stories being told, more truth."
Whedon: Binge Culture Not Healthy, But I'm A Culprit Too
As one of the few people who can talk with authority about the divide between television and film, as well as the adaptation of society from cable programs to streaming and binging their content, Whedon believes that the desire from studio's to rush shows doesn't do the consumer any good.
"Don't get wrong, I think this is the diamond age of television," he stated. "Is there too much? Yes. Is that the biggest complaint I'm ever going to have? Hell, no. Admittedly, in most dinner table conversations, I'm Andy Samberg in the Emmy-opening musical number. That's the most profound musical number I've seen in several years. But there's also amazing work being done. People are out there swinging. But the way in which it all sort of appears and just hangs there, it's very hard to give it any real physical context. But not the content."