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Who Should Replace Joss Whedon As Batgirl Director

Kathryn Bigelow directing The Hurt Locker

Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow's ambitious films all stem from incredible and compelling stories and a strong understanding of action. Films like Point Break and Strange Days made her name, and in recent year's she's been getting high recognition: The Hurt Locker (2008) got the Oscar for both Best Picture and Best Director, then Zero Dark Thirty (2012) won a number of awards including a BAFTA Award for Best Picture and Best Director. Her most recent film, Detroit (2017), didn't hit quite the same level but showed she's lost nothing in gritty and unflinching style.

Dee Rees

Dee Rees on the set of Pariah

Dee Rees' films, including Bessie (2015) and Mudbound (2017), are rooted in history. Rees has stormed onto the scene with the latter film earning multiple Oscar nominations. She has also directed television, including Empire (2015) and When We Rise (2017). Rees is already attached to a Gloria Steinem biopic called An Uncivil War and, but if there was time in her busy schedule, she would be able to craft a dynamic and intelligent Batgirl. 

Susanne Bier

Susanne Bier is the first female director to have won a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, and an Emmy: she won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film In a Better World (2010), then this past year, she won both the Golden Globe and the Emmy for the mini-series The Night Manager (2016), a spy-thriller starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, and Olivia Colman. Bier directed all six episodes of The Night Manager, building tension and subtly weaving together a story of intrigue. Based on that form, Batgirl would be an incredible film with her eye for detail behind the camera.

Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay's career is marked by firsts. Selma was the first film directed by a woman of color to be nominated for an Oscar, and DuVernay's Golden Globe nomination made her the first woman of color to be nominated for the Best Director award. Her documentary 13th was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary. And, now, the upcoming A Wrinkle in Time marks the first time that a woman of color directed a film with a budget that exceeded $100 million (in fact, after Patty Jenkins, DuVernay is the second woman ever to direct a film with a budget of this size!).

After A Wrinkle in Time, which premieres in March, DuVernay's schedule is clear to take on new projects. While it's likely that she will receive a number of offers - J. J. Abrams wants her to direct a Star Wars film - she would certainly make an amazing Batgirl film.

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