Joss Whedon’s association with DC Comics movies was only about to get deeper. After having helmed parts of Justice League in a rather low-profile directorial role, Whedon was set to take on Batgirl. However, around two months ago, we learned that Whedon had bowed out of the project being unable to crack a story. The director was spotted by Variety at the Avengers: Infinity War premiere who took the chance to ask him for a more elaborate explanation and Whedon gladly obliged.
Whedon went into further details on how he failed to get the right story and how, in the one year he spent developing the property, certain changes at Warner Bros. and in DC movies introduced new elements that would make his project stand out like a sore thumb. He grudgingly came to the consensus that it was best to depart instead of make things worse.
It had been a year since I had first pitched the story. A lot happened in that year. The story kind of just crumbled in my hands. There were elements that I just hadn’t mastered that, after a long time, felt like I wasn’t going to. I told people that I didn’t have an idea, which isn’t an exact truth. I had an idea, but it didn’t fit in the space that was left for it. It was a little heartbreaking.
Whedon however did go on to excitedly add that he’s developing something original, of his own accord
I’m working on something of my own, and there’s nothing more exciting than that.
You can check out a video clip of this snippet in the tweet embedded. Personally, I’m happy that Whedon is at least working on something original. While some fans may take issue with what he did with Justice League, going as far as to claim he sabotaged the movie, he still gave us two delightful Avengers movies for which we as fans shall ever be grateful.
— Variety (@Variety) April 24, 2018