The director who played one of the most important roles in the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is nearing a deal to direct for DC, according to Variety. Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) will direct a Batgirl standalone film that would fall under the DC Extended Universe.
Joss Whedon’s monumental task in 2012 was to combine all of the previous standalone films (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger) and make The Avengers. Marvel’s ambitious gamble hinged on Whedon’s ability to convincingly meld together the disparate properties.
It was a huge success. But after directing the sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Whedon cut ties with Marvel, even temporarily deleting his Twitter account when he felt overwhelmed by the fan comments (specifying that it wasn’t due to the widespread feminist critiques of the film). He felt too busy and too tempted to involve himself in every single Marvel property, and therefore decided to separate himself entirely from the studio.
But now, Joss Whedon is poised to make his return to the superhero genre, in the form of DC’s Batgirl. He’ll write, direct, and produce the film, which has no title or release date yet.
In most instances, Batgirl is Gotham city police chief Jim Gordon’s daughter, Barbara Gordon. Yvonne Craig originated the on-screen version of the role in the third season of the 1960’s Batman series. Subsequently, Batgirl has only appeared in one big screen Batman adaptation, the amazingly ridiculous 1997 Batman & Robin, played by Alicia Silverstone.
Joss Whedon recently reminisced about Buffy the Vampire Slayer for an Entertainment Weekly reunion special. The writer/director is also responsible for Buffy spin-off Angel, as well as the beloved Firefly, Dollhouse, and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.
This is a huge get for DC, who have a number of big releases coming up this year, including Wonder Woman and Justice League. Whedon helped guide Marvel to movie success, and now that he’s crossed the un-crossable divide, maybe the harmonious co-existence of Marvel and DC fans will finally come to pass (we’re not holding our breath).