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Joss Whedon Quits ‘Batgirl,’ Roxane Gay Offers to Take Over

A few days ago, Joss Whedon announced he’d departed from his Batgirl movie with DC Entertainment. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Whedon said he was having trouble cracking the story. He told THR, “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.”


Though fans of Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl mourned losing superhero movie veteran Whedon (The Avengers movies, Justice League), the story took a surprising turn the next day. Hunger writer Roxane Gay tweeted that she’d take over story duties, and Warner Bros. seems interested. Here’s Gay’s tweet:



Michelle Wells, a Warner Bros. vice president working on DC properties, replied to Gay’s tweet. The exchange is delightful for comics fans. Here it is.



Gay has become a venerated literary figure and social critic over the past few years, with major releases like Hunger and Bad Feminist. She’s also no stranger to the world of comics, as she worked with Ta-Nehisi Coates on a Black Panther spin-off at Marvel called Black Panther: World of Wakanda. It was, unfortunately, short lived, running only from 2016 to 2017.


Gay’s take on the character of Batgirl, I’m sure, would be totally unexpected and spirited. Coming from DC Entertainment, who has generally released flimsy movies lately (with the exception of last year’s Wonder Woman), it wouldn’t be surprising if Gay’s pitch for Batgirl ends up being rejected. Gay fans have plenty to look forward to, though, as she is collecting essays on rape culture for a book titled Not That Bad, which is set for release on May 1st.


Feature Image Via DC Comics