Earlier today word broke out that Warner Bros. was busy negotiating with Avengers director Joss Whedon to helm their upcoming standalone movie intended for Batgirl.
Details about the film are now making their way online, and according to a report by Entertainment Weekly, the Batgirl (DC has had a handful) will be none other than Barbara Gordon, Batman’s sidekick who has been described to be one of the most popular characters of the Silver Age of Comic Books.
Whedon will base the Batgirl solo on DC’s New 52 in a timeline where Barbara recovers from the spinal paralysis that had been inflected on her by The Joker in The Killing Joke, Alan Moore’s Eisner Award-winning 1988 graphic novel.
The publication’s sources say that the film will steer towards a sharper and harder-edged storyline of Gail Simone’s 2011 New 52 – a story which follows the darker-toned pattern of the DC Expanded Universe. Not only is Batgirl the second female DC superhero to receive a standalone film, she’s also the second Batman sidekick to get her own movie as well (last month Warner Bros. announced a movie for Nightwing). Looks like the studio is slowly building the Batfamily.