Joss Whedon wants to cast an unknown as Batgirl

Don’t expect Joss Whedon to cast a big name as Batgirl…probably

Joss Whedon is hard at work on Batgirl which means that, whenever he makes a public appearance, he’s going to be asked about it.

Variety caught Whedon attending the Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 premiere and did their best to get some Batgirl news from him. While there’s no news as of yet, he did at least give some idea of what he was looking for. Or, more specifically, what he wasn’t looking for.

“I don’t have my eye on anybody,” he said. “I feel like I’m creating this character, I’m going to dialogue with her, and then we’ll see who joins that later on.”

“I doubt it will be a name. This is somewhere where you go and find Batgirl and then you cast her. I’m not against movie stars, they’re great, but you need somebody who’s going to be just right. And a situation like this, the name carries a lot of weight so it’s not as critical.”

He also added that “I’m very excited to see a girl in the cowl.” Aren’t we all? You can watch the full video here:

Batgirl is still in the very early stages, clearly, but it’s been interesting to see the response to the news that Whedon would be writing and directing. There has been criticism from many who feel that this film should be written and directed by a woman, and it will be very interesting to see how the filmmaker and the studio addresses that.

For those who are fired up about than the filmmaker’s switch from Marvel to DC, Kevin Feige certainly doesn’t seem bothered by Whedon’s trade, telling the press (via Deadline) that “He called a couple months ago, which he didn’t have to do and was super cool of him and super nice of him. And we couldn’t be more supportive. We want to see a Joss Whedon Batgirl film be awesome.”

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