Whedon Explains His “Batgirl” Departure

Many of Marvel Studios’ past collaborators were on hand for Monday night’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” including the director of the first two “Avengers” films – Joss Whedon. While on the purple carpet, Whedon spoke with Variety about a couple superhero projects he was working on that didn’t make it to the screen – his takes on “Wonder Woman” and “Batgirl”.

The other month came word that Whedon would be departing the “Batgirl” project which he had been attached to, at the time saying he couldn’t come up with a story for the film. He now elaborates on this, telling the trade:

“It had been a year since I had first pitched the story, and a lot happened in that year, and I felt some of the elements might not work as well and the story kinda 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 I didn’t have an idea, which isn’t the exact truth. I had an idea but it just sort of didn’t fit in the space that was left for it.”

Whedon, coming off a very public battle with his ex-wife that has played out in the media, also touched upon his many years old script for a “Wonder Woman” film. Said script leaked online and received some rather harsh criticism from fans, but Whedon defends his work saying:

“I don’t know which parts people didn’t like, but I went and reread the script after I heard there was a backlash. I think it’s great. People say that it’s not ‘woke’ enough. I think they’re not looking at the big picture. It’s easy to take one phrase out of context.”

Whedon has effectively given up on further superhero films with his next work reported to be something very original.