Joss Whedon may be moving to Gotham City.
The creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is reportedly in talks to put his spin on another strong female lead: Batgirl.
After writing and directing two of Marvel’s most successful superhero films, “The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and launching ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” series for the company, this assignment would allow him to cross over for the first time to the DC Comics cinematic universe.
Variety reports that Whedon is nearing a deal to write, direct, and produce an untitled Batgirl film, overseen by Toby Emmerich of Warner Bros., Jon Berg, and Geoff Johns.
Sources tell Entertainment Weekly that the film will be based on the “New 52” iteration of the character, launched in the comics in 2011. That series, written by Gail Simone, portrayed Batgirl's alter ego Barbara Gordon, daughter of Gotham Police Commissioner James Gordon, as having recovered physically from being paralyzed by the Joker but still struggling psychologically.
Simone tweeted that she received "about a bajillion" questions and comments about the project Wednesday, but she said she is not involved and learned about it from Variety like everyone else.
She also wrote that she hopes Whedon makes use of Alysia, the transgender roommate character she created during her run.
No word yet on whether Ben Affleck’s Batman will appear, but according to Variety, other characters “from the world of Gotham” will be involved.
Whedon recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the launch of his iconic "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" series, which ran for seven seasons on the WB and later the UPN. It was based on a far less iconic "Buffy" film, which he wrote but did not direct.
Prior to helming Marvel’s “Avengers” films, Whedon was hired by DC in 2005 to write a “Wonder Woman” script that was never produced.