Joss Whedon Steps Down From Directing ‘Batgirl’

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Joss Whedon won’t be directing a standalone Batgirl film after all.

Whedon took on responsibilities to write and direct the film last year. Today, news broke via The Hollywood Reporter that he has officially exited the project due to a creative standstill. Here’s his statement via the The Hollywood Reporter:

“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. I’m grateful to Geoff and Toby and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I… uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed’?”

In the aftermath of Justice League, Warner Bros./DC Films has yet to announce any official changes to their upcoming movie slate. However, it’s safe to assume the slate will be much different when we see it next.