Rumors are a dime a dozen in Hollywood and this one in particular has been debunked. Joss Whedon is still very much going to make a live-action Batgirl movie within the DCEU.
Initial rumors began over the past couple weeks due large in part to the financial flop of Justice League. Sure, it made a profit (it cost $300m to make and has only made $491m worldwide), but if we are being honest with ourselves, this movie deserved to be the greatest superhero film of all time and if we are still being honest, it wasn’t. Not by a long shot.
Everyone knows that DC and Warner Bros rushed production, suits got involved and ruined Dawn of Justice (which should have at the time been the greatest superhero movie of all time but instead was a complete mess), and then they ruined Suicide Squad (which no one asked for, not yet anyway), and then they did pretty well with Wonder Woman by playing it super safe and having a very vanilla plotline that was entirely predictable (but Gal Gadot was awesome). Anyway, once you factor in how poor Justice League did at the box office, whispers started spreading around regarding whether or not the DCEU was going to continue in their shared cinematic universe, or get rebooted. And that lead to even more whispers about whether or not Joss Whedon would still do Batgirl. Well, he is.
It’s no surprise that these rumors are flying around. Honestly, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they were true to some degree. We just know now that after many sources spoke with Entertainment Weekly about it, it was at least confirmed that no, Batgirl was not cancelled and yes, Joss Whedon is still making it. But it shouldn’t be ignored that Warner Bros is absolutely ruining what should otherwise be an amazing franchise.
Not the film we need, not the film we deserve. Ugh, this should’ve been so awesome.
On top of all that, there is not even a final script for Batgirl, or anything regarding casting just yet. All we know about it is that it will feature the female sidekick and that Joss Whedon is directing and that it could possibly involve Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in some capacity.
As unfortunate as all this is, it truly is all Warner Bros and DC’s fault for letting this nonsense happen. If nothing else, maybe Joss Whedon is the just the right person to keep things on track and turn this franchise around. We all know it could use the help.
The untitled Batgirl film has no set release date but likely will not be out in 2018, considering it will need a script, a cast, and several months to film, with several more to edit. Expect it no later than 2019 at the earliest.