Attention, superhoero movie fanatics! Batgirl now gets her own movie, directed by The Avengers and Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon, which will be produced under Warner Bros. Pictures.
Film director Joss Whedon is now in charge of writing, directing and producing another superhero movie! Batgirl is the latest addition to the DC’s superheroes and the second female superhero standalone, after Wonder Woman. The latter will premiere this year, on June 2.
Joss Whedon became famous for creating Buffy the Vampire Slayer twenty-so years ago. And more recently, he has written and directed the superhero movies The Avengers (2012) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
Batgirl is making a comeback, after rare appearances on series, comic books and movies, since 1967. It was that year that she debuted on the small screen, as the daughter of Gotham City’s police commissioner James Gordon, who never really saw eye-to-eye with Gotham City’s main vigilante, Batman. Her name was Barbra Gordon and she was Batman and Robin’s “partner in crime” numerous times.
In the TV series, Barbra Gordon, alias Batgirl, was played by Yvonne Craig. The television series aired from 1967 to 1968 on ABC.
And in 1997’s Batman & Robin, the female character was played by actress Alicia Silverstone, while Batman was none other than Hollywood star George Clooney.
A more modern version of the female vigilante adds more detail to her story and modifies her upbringing. Batgirl of Burnside, a comic book, presents her as a girl who has just moved in to Burnside, a neighborhood of Gotham, who is studying for her doctoral thesis and, in her spare time, fights crime and drinks a lot of coffee out in the city.
Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe is currently working on a Suicide Squad spin-off, Gotham City Sirens, that focuses more on female superheroes: Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Catwoman. Margot Robbie will reprise her role as Harley, meanwhile Poison Ivy will be played by Jessica Chastain and Catwoman is rumoured to go to Haley Bennett.