Batgirl: Joss Whedon On What Makes Barbara Gordon Tick

Danny Woods
April 21, 2017

Joss Whedon doesn't want to cast a "movie star" to play Batgirl.

Joss Whedon is still working on the script for DC's "Batgirl" movie, so he isn't anxious about casting. And in regards to fans trying to campaign their favorite red-headed actresses, Whedon doesn't care much about what the actress looks like.

If Joss does go with an unknown he'll be bucking the trend of casting A-listers in superhero roles.

Earlier this week, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige revealed that Whedon called him to give him a heads up about his next project.

While I'm sure a lot of people are upset that their fan-casting probably won't happen, it's exciting to hear that Whedon is looking for the ideal actor, instead of just settling with the most famous option.

"No. I don't have my eye on anybody", Whedon said. "I am going to dialogue with her, and then we'll see who joins that later on".

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Speaking to Variety, the writer/director mentioned that he doubted his pick for Batgirl would be a "name", not because he's opposed to the idea of casting someone well-known, but because it won't factor into his decision at all.

"I'm not against movie stars, they're great, but you need somebody who's going to be just right", Joss added.

Batgirl, whose real name is Barbara Gordon, is considered to be a staple in the DC Comics realm and made her first appearance in Batman #139 in 1961.

Joss Whedon, the beloved geek behind Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and 2012's The Avengers, will be entering the DC Extended Universe with a solo Batgirl movie.

In further conversation yesterday on above-the-line people's indulgences in comic-book properties outside the Marvel/Disney universe, Feige was asked about Josh Brolin - known for his work in the Avengers movies as Thanos - taking on the role of Cable in Fox/Marvel's Deadpool 2. That one hits cinemas in July.

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