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Warning: spoilers for Justice League ahead! You have been warned!
Justice League is a jumping off point for some seriously big moves in the DCEU, particularly the Batman corner of the DCEU. The film ends with the promise of "room for more" at the table in the newly-established Hall of Justice, which means an army of new heroes are about to show up. One such heroine is none other than Barbara "Batgirl" Gordon in her upcoming solo movie, but is Joss Whedon still attached to direct? As it turns out, despite rumors suggesting that Whedon had been dropped after the lackluster performance of Justice League, it sounds like he is still going to step behind the camera to bring Babs to life.
This report comes to us from EW, and it follows a recent rumor that DC dropped Joss Whedon in the wake of Justice League's middling critical and commercial performance. The Avengers director stepped in for Zack Snyder when the film's original helmer departed the project in the wake of his daughter's suicide, and Whedon was responsible for handling the expensive reshoots and bringing the movie across the finish line. This would lend credence to the possibility that Justice League's poor performance does not bode well for his Batgirl prospects, but now it seems that he is still definitely writing the script and planning to direct as well.
These rumors are further bolstered by the fact that Joss Whedon appears to have recognized Justice League's mediocre opening on social media. The interim director liked a negative tweet about the latest DC film following its release, which stirred up an online frenzy among many fans wondering why he would do such a thing. With all of that said, it looks like any possible behind-the-scenes issues appear to be blown out of proportion, and Whedon is still very much involved as one of DC's next directors.
Batgirl is vital to the future of the DCEU because it is one of several Bat Family-related projects on the horizon. In addition to Joss Whedon's Barbara Gordon solo movie, The LEGO Batman Movie's Chris McKay is also developing a Nightwing movie for the DCEU, and Matt Reeves is hard at work preparing The Batman as well. The current DC slate clearly skews heavily to the Batman side of the DC mythos (which really shouldn't surprise anyone), and getting Batgirl off the ground smoothly will go a long way towards instilling confidence in this franchise as a whole.
CinemaBlend will bring you more information related to the development of the Batgirl movie (as well as Joss Whedon's involvement with the project) as the updates are come in. Until then, you can catch his latest (albeit uncredited) directorial efforts in Justice League, which is currently in theaters.