Warner Bros. could quietly shelve the project, but there are multiple reasons they shouldn’t.
With Joss Whedon departing the Batgirl movie, the obvious question arises: What next for Barbara Gordon?
The project was initially announced just under a year ago with Whedon already in talks to write and direct the movie. It seemed so clearly in his wheelhouse — a teen heroine fighting to save a world that underestimates her? Whedon wrote the book (Okay, television series) on that trope — that it felt as if Warner Bros. was greenlighting this only because it was a Whedon vanity project. The idea of someone else taking on a Batgirl movie seemed unlikely, if not impossible, as a result.
Reeves’ Batman, or Chris McKay’s Nightwing. With this amount of focus on Gotham City, would it be that much of a problem if Batgirl simply… went away…?
The answer is yes, of course, for multiple reasons.
While it’s true that there may be too many Bat-projects in development, the solution would surely be to limit the number of Joker and Harley Quinn movies, rather than dropping the movie that offers something different to the nascent DC cinematic universe, and stands out as the most obvious candidate to grow that brand’s audience in the wake of the success of Wonder Woman last year. In addition to being a female-fronted property, Batgirl — by the very nature of the character’s roots — offers DC the opportunity for its own Spider-Man, in terms of presenting a teenage lead who can stand in contrast to the older, more pessimistic characters who’ve already appeared onscreen.