Joss Whedon Talks Writing ‘BATGIRL’ & Casting Unknown Actress
Last month, it was revealed that Marvel’s The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon will bring BATGIRL to the big screen. Whedon recently attended the world premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Variety spoked to him about the development of the project.
“I have so many things to say about her, I’m very excited to see a girl in the cowl.”
He was asked about the casting and said:
“I don’t have my eye on anybody. I’m creating this character, I’m in a dialogue with her and then we’ll see who joins that later on… I doubt it’ll be a name. I think this is somewhere where you go and find BATGIRL and then you cast her.”
When asked if he would cast somebody like an unknown, he said:
“I’m not against movie stars, they’re great, but you need somebody who’s going to be just right, and a situation like this the name carries a lot of weight, so it’s not as critical.”
Whedon’s Batgirl will be a part of the ever-evolving DC Extended Universe that includes the upcoming Wonder Woman, Justice League, Aquaman, The Batman solo film, as well as another female-centric entry in David Ayer’s Gotham City Sirens.
No producers are currently attached as of yet, though Toby Emmerich, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns will oversee the project.
Batgirl’s first comic appearance was in 1967 as Barbara Gordon, daughter of Commissioner James Gordon, and she later became an ally of Batman and Robin in Gotham City. She was previously portrayed by Yvonne Craig in the 60s Batman series, then by Alicia Silverstone as Barbara Wilson, Alfred’s niece in the 1967 flop Batman & Robin. She was recently voiced by Rosario Dawson in The LEGO Batman Movie.
Previously, Whedon wrote a treatment for his own Wonder Woman movie decades ago, and was last said to be working on a World War II horror movie, but he has stated previously that he would like to make a Batman film.