Whelp the DCEU takes another hit as Joss Whedon has dropped out of the Batgirl movie (per the Hollywood Reporter) citing creative differences no ideas on how to approach the character. Yes, you read that right. Here's what Whedon had to say about exiting:
Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn't have a story," Whedon told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. Referring to DC president Geoff Johns and Warner Bros. Picture Group president Toby Emmerich, Whedon added, "I'm grateful to Geoff and Toby and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I...uh, is there a sexier word for 'failed?'
The Hollywood Reporter lists the pressure of Wonder Woman being a success last year contributed to the issue. Besides, of course, let's be honest. If this was to have worked in the New 52 story (which it was allegedly supposed too) there would have to be a lot of changes.
Then again, maybe what I joked about when he was first announced on board did become the issue. Maybe not. But right now anyone wants to bet that Nicolas Winding Refn is right now on the phone to his agent trying his damnest to fill the void now left by Whedon because of reasons? Or maybe Warner Bros. can woo James Gunn away from Disney/Marvel since one of his favorite comic characters and dream would to direct a Batgirl movie. I guess we'll see who takes the flag now that Whedon has let it go?