Joss Whedon has walked away from the upcoming Warner Bros./DC Entertainment movie “Batgirl,” citing a failure to come up with a “story,” according to The Hollywood Reporter Thursday.
“‘Batgirl’ is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn’t have a story,” the 53-year-old director told the Reporter after walking away from the project a year in to development.
“I’m grateful to Geoff [Johns, DC President] and Toby [Emmerich, Warner Bros. Picture Group President] and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I…uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed,'” he added.
Whedon was brought on board last March to write, produce and direct the female super hero film, with the idea to make a companion film to the very popular DC “Wonder Woman” movie.
As the director stated, a year into the project he “failed” to come up with what a movie about Batgirl would entail.
Whedon’s previous projects include “Avengers,” “Justice League,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and the cult classic sci-fi series “Firefly.”
At this point, it is unclear if Whedon’s exit from the project could mean scrapping the whole movie or just putting it on the back shelf for now.