Whedon’s “Batgirl” To Be New 52 Version

Yesterday came the surprising news that beloved “Buffy” creator and “The Avengers” writer/director Joss Whedon had signed on to write, direct and produce a “Batgirl” movie for Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films.

Today, EW reports that Whedon’s film will be based specifically on the New 52 version of the character from writer Gail Simone. That version began in 2011 with Barbara Gordon, having recovered from The Joker shooting her in the spine through experimental surgery, is out of the wheelchair and back on the streets fighting crime. She remains haunted by the event though.

The New 52 take also features Alysia Yeoh, the first openly transgender character in a mainstream comic book and Barbara’s best friend. The “Batgirl” film is expected to carry a gritty tone, and will potentially include Ben Affleck’s Batman and J.K. Simmons’ Commissioner Gordon from the other DCEU films.

Toby Emmerich, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns will oversee the project for the studio. Whedon had previously written a treatment for his own “Wonder Woman” movie a decade ago.