Joss Whedon Talks Writing Batgirl, Casting an Unknown Actress


Since Whedon is known for his work on Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and both shows gave rise to an entire cast almost unknown actors, it's not exactly surprising that Whedon prefers to write first and cast later. "I want somebody who's going to get in the trenches with me". While it's disappointing to so quickly have our high hopes for the rumor of Lindsey Morgan dashed, it's also reassuring that Whedon is so focused on the characterization of the film's Batgirl.

Batgirl will be Whedon's third time directing a big budget superhero movie. "And, in a situation like this, the name carries a lot of weight so it's not as critical". Though Whedon was no longer committed to Marvel, he let Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige know he was taking a job with DC.

The 52-year-old filmmaker is taking on directorial duties for the eponymously titled DC Extended Universe movie which is now in early development stages, and has said he wants to develop the character before he starts thinking of people he could cast in the role.

"He called a couple months ago, which he didn't have to do and was super cool of him and super nice of him", said Feige.

That being said, sometimes actors/actresses can reinvent themselves into a new comic book movie role. "And I think Thanos and Cable are two very different characters".

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It's worth noting that Whedon typically favors no-name actors while working on big projects, The Avengers notwithstanding.

As an outspoken feminist, it's easy to see why Whedon is making the jump over to DC, which is currently outgunning Marvel on female-led projects, first with its upcoming Wonder Woman film helmed by Patty Jenkins (out June 2), and now with its Batgirl and Gotham City Sirens projects on its slate.

Whedon is asked about the potential for Batgirl to be someone famous.

A release date for the Batgirl movie has not been announced.