Warner Bros. has put Batgirl on hold after Joss Whedon decided it was too hard to write

According to The Wrap, Warner Bros. has “no imminent plans” to find a new director to take on its Batgirl movie after Joss Whedon dropped out of the project last week. Apparently, even if Whedon hadn’t quit, the movie probably wouldn’t have started shooting until after Matt Reeves’ Batman—which is still pretty early…

Joss Whedon drops out of Batgirl, admits he "didn't have a story"

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joss Whedon has dropped out of Warner Bros.’ Batgirl movie, saying he recently realized that he “really didn’t have a story.” He admitted that in a statement, thanking DC and Warner Bros. for being “so understanding” once he realized he had “failed.” Whedon was first attached to…

Batgirl fights the forces of gentrification in this exclusive preview

One of the big things that separates Batgirl from Batman is that she’s an active member of her community. The move to the hipster neighborhood of Burnside didn’t just give the character a stylistic overhaul, it provided a new setting for Barbara Gordon to interact with both in and out of costume. She doesn’t live in a…

Joss Whedon isn’t worried about casting a big name for Batgirl

Stop your fantasy casting now. Joss Whedon explained in an interview with Variety that he’s probably not going to hire someone you already know to play Batgirl in the movie he’s developing for Warners Bros. “I doubt it will be a name,” he said. “I think this is somewhere where you go and find Batgirl and then you cast…

Halloween candy and bulk wine: Here’s what’s on sale on Amazon today

In an effort to both serve our readers and help support The A.V. Club, we are going to post daily links to deals and interesting items that we find over on Amazon. If you use these links to click through and buy something—not just the thing you clicked—on Amazon, we will see a portion of that income. You don’t have to…

Nicolas Winding Refn thinks he could make a pretty good Batgirl movie

We’ve already established that Gotham City is a super dark and angsty place. But perhaps it could use a little more synthesizers and neon-drenched ambience? That’s The Neon Demon director Nicolas Winding Refn’s thought, as he says in a recent interview with Business Insider. “God, I would love to make [a superhero…

What fictional characters should face off in their own civil war?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Our favorite ongoing and serial comics of 2015

2015 was a great year for readers to move away from Marvel and DC for exceptional monthly (or bi-monthly, or quarterly) comics. There were still some strong releases from the “Big Two,” but as Marvel and DC shook up their publishing line-ups with major events that sidelined regular titles, Image continued to exert its…

Three comics artists detail the importance of smart, stylish costume design

For Comics Week, The A.V. Club invited three comic-book professionals to discuss the value of fashion design: Kris Anka (artist on Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men, character designer for Marvel), Sophie Campbell (artist on IDW’s Jem And The Holograms, creator of Oni’s Wet Moon), and Ming Doyle (artist of Vertigo’s The Kitchen,…

Your own origin story: 21 comics to get newcomers hooked

Comics can be a scary, intimidating medium to an outsider. The breadth and depth of history, brands, universes, events, and movie and TV adaptations make getting into comics seem like more trouble than it’s worth. But take it from us, comics are well worth diving into, and you don’t need spend hours reading background…

Exclusive DC preview: Gail Simone says goodbye to Barbara Gordon in Batgirl: Futures End #1

After three years of writing Barbara Gordon as Batgirl (and an even longer period of writing Barbara as Oracle before the New 52), Gail Simone is saying goodbye to the redheaded crime fighter in next week’s Batgirl: Futures End #1. Five years in the future, Barbara has quit the vigilante game after a traumatic…