Why? Supposedly… “”Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn’t have a story,” Whedon told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement.” No story? No story? Since when has ‘lacking a story’ been even a speed bump on the Hollywood journey?
Look, I’m not some big Hollywood big shot, but I can tell you what Batgirl should be about. Batgirl should be about being Batman with neither the nigh-crippling sense of alienation from normal society, nor the driving need to control the darkness inside of you. Batgirl is absolutely about wearing the cape and the cowl without the scowl, jumping and flipping and using the Bat-gear to have fun. Batgirl doesn’t have an origin story*, really. She just thought it’d be cool to dress like her dad’s weird friend and then go fight crime.
And now Batgirl’s in Gotham City, which is not really a place for cheerful banter and quips and happy-go-lucky acrobatic martial arts. How do you resolve that conflict? How do you make Gotham accept that you’re not going to be broken by it? How can you not make this into a serviceable two hour movie? — And really: by now when it comes to the DCEU I’ll take ‘serviceable.’ As somebody who grew up DC instead of Marvel, yes; it pains me to say it.
PS: Some people might say that Joss Whedon is actually dropping Batgirl because of fallout from the allegations last year that his behavior towards women was often appalling, but I couldn’t possibly comment.
*Oracle has an origin story, yes.