Joss Whedon is no longer directing the Batgirl movie

Joss Whedon is leaving the solo Batgirl movie, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter. In a statement given to the publication, Whedon explained, “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?’”

The project was first announced almost a year ago as a new entry in the DC Extended Universe. It was big news at the time, marking both Whedon’s full-fledged return to feature films following Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015 and the minor coup of the fan-favorite director…

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