In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel CEO Kevin Feige says that Joss Whedon - former Avengers director and recently announced writer/director of a brand-new Batgirl movie for Warner Bros. - called him prior to taking the gig, presumably to get his blessing.
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The 52-year-old filmmaker is taking on directorial duties for the eponymously titled DC Extended Universe movie which is now in early development stages, and has said he wants to develop the character before he starts thinking of people he could cast in the role. Whedon dropped by the world premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 last night where Variety spoke to him about the development of the project. He then joked that it's definitely going to be Vin Diesel!
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It's no secret that there was bad blood for a moment between Whedon and Marvel following 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron, with the filmmaker telling the press about his clashes with the studio over key scenes he wanted to keep. "I feel like I'm creating this character, I'm gonna dialogue with her and then we'll see who joins that later on..." Stars like Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo help make up the Marvel Universe, where as DC has gone with actors like Ben Affleck, Will Smith and Gal Gadot for its movies. "And I think has them and just continues to come up with them, which is cool". While it's disappointing to so quickly have our high hopes for the rumor of Lindsey Morgan dashed, it's also reassuring that Whedon is so focused on the characterization of the film's Batgirl.
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See Whedon deliver his thoughts on Batgirl below.