Joss Whedon to helm a standalone 'Batgirl' movie

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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. Her real name is Barbara Gordon and she is the daughter of Batman ally, police commissioner James Gordon.

A Variety report revealed that the "Batgirl" movie was brought up in a meeting between Whedon, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns since last month. Other Batgirls Whedon could approach include Betty Kane, who first debuted back in 1961, Cassandra Cain, who now goes by Orphan in the comics, and Stephanie Brown, who originally went by Spoiler before taking up the Batgirl mantle briefly.

Begun in 2011, the New 52 Batgirl was Barbara Gordon after she had recovered from The Joker shooting her in the spine (as depicted in Alan Moore's The Killing Joke) due to experimental surgery. Those films proved that connected superhero movie universes could work, and now Whedon joins WB/DC in their attempts to duplicate the success of Marvel Studios.

After all this time, though, the crime-busting heroine has never had a movie of her own, with with Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel both getting the big screen treatment over the coming years.

Arguably, a version of the character appeared in 1997's infamous Batman & Robin.

Apart from "Batgirl", Warner also now developing "Gotham City Sirens", "Suicide Squad 2" and "The Batman".

Batgirl has been the nom de guerre for several different comic book characters, but Barbara Gordon is probably the most famous and most popular. He also co-created/shepherded the ABC series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

How does the news Joss Whedon directing Batgirl make you feel? Word is that the Batgirl movie will feature other Bat-associated characters.