‘Batgirl’: Joss Whedon Explains Why He Wants To Direct DC Movie

'Batman: The Killing Joke' includes Barbara Gordon's transformation into Oracle.
'Batman: The Killing Joke' includes Barbara Gordon's transformation into Oracle. Warner Bros.

Joss Whedon has moved on from Marvel and is ready to direct his first DC movie. Whedon confirmed last March he would be writing and directing a film adaptation based on DC’s Batgirl.

It came as a surprise to fans, but Batgirl has been on Whedon’s mind for a while. Whedon recently told The Hollywood Reporter why he was drawn to the character and what he’s looking to expand on in his upcoming movie.

"She came up, and I started getting obsessed with how a young woman could get hardcore enough to need to put on the cowl. Like, what's her damage?" Whedon told THR . "She didn't have her parents killed in an alley. Who is this person, who decides — rather than being forced to by their childhood trauma — decides to pick up this life?" he adds. "How intense and driven that person is... I just couldn't stop thinking about it."

As far as who will play Batgirl, Whedon told Variety he really doesn’t have anyone in mind yet. He knows he doesn’t want to cast a “big name” to play Batgirl, but he’s open to seeing what’s out there.

“I doubt it’ll be a name, I think this is somewhere where you go and find Batgirl and then you cast her," he said to Variety . "I mean, I’m not against movie stars, they’re great, but you need somebody who is just right. And a situation with this, the name carries a lot of weight so it’s not as critical. Definitely Vin Diesel."

Casting an “unknown” actor might be the right move. No one knew who Gal Gadot was until we saw her as Wonder Woman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice . Gadot’s performance was arguably one of the best parts of film and her Wonder Woman movie trailers look incredible. We think Gadot has done the character justice.

Who do you think should play Batgirl? Let us know in the comments below. The untitled Batgirl movie does not have a release date.

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