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More beloved Gotham City characters are coming to the big screen as part of the DC Extended Universe. A standalone Batgirl movie is scheduled to begin production next year with director and writer Joss Whedon heading the project.
Batgirl is set to be the second female DC character to have a film to her name following actress Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman which was shown in May 2017. There have been several Batgirls in DC comics over the years but the most popular of the all would be Barbara Gordon, who first appeared in 1967. The character Batgirl was created by Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff but the Batgirl introduced in Detective Comics #359, titled The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl! was created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino. Barbara is the daughter of police commissioner James Gordon.
She is best known to be part of Bruce Wayne’s family who fought alongside Batman and Robin against criminals in Gotham City. She is also known to have a romantic relationship with Dick Grayson’s Robin who eventually becomes Nightwing. Incidentally, a standalone Nightwing movie will also be part of the growing DCEU. Many are speculating that this transition will be featured in the upcoming Batgirl film as part of the fictional universe’s continuity process.
Whedon is also the director of The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, which are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). He also directed Buffy the Vampire Slayer which makes him no stranger to superhero films and shows with a kick-ass female lead.
No other official announcement about the film has been made but DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns may have slipped that production for Batgirl will start next year, 2018. No cast members have been named as well. Whedon is currently working on another DC film, Justice League which is scheduled for release in November 2017.