Joss Whedon is moving from Marvel to DC as he will direct a standalone Batgirl movie for Warner Bros., Variety is reporting.
Batgirl, whose real name is Barbara Gordon, is the daughter of police commissioner James Gordon and ally of Batman in Gotham. While she has never had her own standalone film, she most recently appeared in the DC Animated film Batman: The Killing Joke, an adaptation of one of comic's most iconic storylines.
Whedon will not only direct, but he will also write and produce the film as part of the DC Extended Universe. The upcoming slate for the DCEU includes Wonder Woman (2017), Justice League (2017), Aquaman (2018), Shazam (2019), Cyborg (2020), and Green Lantern Corps (2020). The Batman and The Flash can also be included in the lineup, although their productions have gone through some notable changes lately with Ben Affleck dropping out as director of the former and script issues with the latter. There are also talks of a Suicide Squad sequel and Gotham City Sirens adaptation in the works.
Whedon is no stranger to the superhero genre, having previously directed The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, is overseeing the project with Jon Berg and Geoff Johns.