Joss Whedon says he “failed” as he steps down from ‘Batgirl’ movie

"I really didn't have a story"

Joss Whedon has confirmed that he is stepping down from the Batgirl movie project.

Whedon’s involvement with the proposed DC film was announced in March 2017, but now reports state that “after a year of trying”, the Buffy creator “could not crack the code of what a Batgirl movie should be”.

According to sources, Whedon “faced story issues, in today’s cultural environment, a male filmmaker may have faced greater public scrutiny if he were to have tackled a movie with lead characters of such feminist importance as Batgirl or Wonder Woman, much like a white filmmaker would have seen backlash taking on the Black Panther movie.”

Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realise I really didn’t have a story,” Whedon told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement.

He added: “I’m grateful to Geoff [Johns, DC President] and Toby [Emmerich, Warner Bros president] and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I… uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed’?”

Fans have since had their say on who should replace Whedon:

Last year, Whedon was labeled a hypocrite who preached “feminist ideals” by his ex-wife Kai Cole, who also alleged that he cheated on her for over 15 years.