Michelle Wells, an executive VP at Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertain, has reached out to “Black Panther: World of Wakanda” comics writer Roxanne Gay following Gay’s expression of interest in writing the live-action “Batgirl” film on social media.
Gay sent out the tweet: “Hey @DCComics I can write your Batgirl movie, no prob” to which Wells replied: “If you’re serious…contact me.”
It’s a surprising and fun exchange which follows in the wake of the departure of writer/director Joss Whedon from the film after being attached for nearly a year. The project’s future is currently uncertain as Warners shifts around its plans for its DC Films division.
Variety has posted a follow-up report which indicates the decision for Whedon to depart was a mutual one as the studio desires to seek more female directors – especially for projects centered on female characters.
Whedon’s take was said to be based on the Batgirl story that was first unveiled in DC Comics in 1967, when Barbara Gordon appeared as the character in “The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!”. With his exit though, it’s not certain if Warners will continue development of such a film though Wells comment suggests they’re at least open to it.