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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.


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Yes, ‘Firefly’ Is Getting a Book Series, and Yes, We Are Excited

Good news for the Browncoats out there: A new batch of Firefly novels is one the way! Entertainment Weekly broke the news that Titan Books and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products will publish a bunch of new titles tied to Joss Whedon’s cult classic TV series.


Firefly originally aired fifteen years ago, from 2002 to 2003, but it lasted only fourteen episodes before Fox axed it. The 2005 movie Serenity provided some finality, and a few comics have buffed up the world, but fans have been pretty starved for Firefly goodies in the past decade. Now Joss Whedon, acting as consulting editor for the books, will dip his toes back into the space Western world he created back in the early 2000s.


Let it also be said that, with Disney’s current acquisition of Fox’s properties, the Firefly copyright holders may be about to change hands. Might Disney have different plans for Whedon’s sci-fi series than Fox’s plans (or lack thereof)?


Even if that is the case, Entertainment Weekly has provided brief synopses of three of the planned Firefly books, as listed below:


Firefly: Big Damn Hero, by Nancy Holder (Oct. 2018)


Captain Malcolm Reynolds finds himself in a dangerous situation after being kidnapped by a bunch of embittered veteran Browncoats.


Firefly: The Magnificent Nine, by James Lovegrove (March 2019)


Jayne receives a distress call from his ex Temperance McCloud that leads the Serenity crew to danger on a desert moon.


Firefly: Generations, by Tim Lebbon (Oct. 2019)


The discovery of the location of one of the legendary Ark ships that brought humans from Earth to the ’Verse promises staggering salvage potential, but at what cost? River Tam thinks she might know …




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