Whedon Talks Casting Approach For “Batgirl”

Last month came the unexpected announcement that “The Avengers” writer/director Joss Whedon has been set to direct a “Batgirl” film for Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films.

Appearing at the world premiere of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” last night, Variety spoke to him about the still very early in-development project and what his approach to casting the title role will be:

“I have so many things to say about her, I’m very excited to see a girl in the cowl. [Casting wise] 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. 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.”

Batgirl’s first comic appearance in 1967 was as Barbara Gordon, daughter of Commissioner James Gordon, and she later became an ally of Batman and Robin in Gotham City.

Whedon’s “Batgirl” film will be a part of the DC Extended Universe films which include “Wonder Woman” and “Justice League” this year. Toby Emmerich, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns will oversee the project for the studio.