YES! Joss Whedon's making a Batgirl movie

Enthusiastic fan of Jilly Cooper, books, horses and singing. Not a made-up person.

After years of success making films for Marvel, Joss Whedon is set to direct a film for the opposition, DC Comics, with an adaptation of Batgirl.

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Batgirl's alias is Barbara Gordon – that's Commissioner Gordon's daughter – and she's one of the most popular characters in the DC universe.

This means that DC, who also have Wonder Woman coming out this June, are way ahead of Marvel in terms of standalone female superhero films.

Marvel just has the one, Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson, which isn't due out until 2019.

Marvel's superhero films have scored the best reviews – DC's Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice were widely panned – but the Disney-owned studio has also been heavily criticised for failing to bring out a film based on the character Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johannsson.

Black Widow has also been missing from a number of the Avengers playsets, even leading to Avengers star Mark Ruffalo to call out the studio on Twitter for failing to acknowledge both its wide female fanbase, and its starring female character.

The announcement that Whedon was in line to direct and produce Batgirl led to some complaints that a woman director wasn't getting the opportunity. However, it was also pointed out that Whedon wrote and directed the ultra-feminist show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary with a cast reunion.

We've got all fingers crossed that DC's female-led films will be a hell of a lot better than, errr, all of their other ones. And come on Marvel, when does Black Widow get her day in the sun?

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