Some time ago it was announced that Joss Whedon was working on a Batgirl film for Warner Bros. Around the same time we learnt that Whedon would also be taking over the reigns on Justice League to help complete that project.
With that film making what many are calling a soft entry to the box office Whedon’s future at DC Films had been called in to question. Rumours circling the web yesterday and claiming to have insider info stated that Warner Bros. removed Whedon from the project around September time.
No reason was given for his supposed removal.
Now EW has reached out to its own sources and confirmed his involvement with the project continues as planned. Whedon is said to be hard at work on the script with the plan still in place for him to direct when the time is right.
Of course writers and directors change all the time so the rumour could still come to pass in the near future.
In other Whedon news actor Holt McCallany was recently interviews in Mens Health magazine (courtesy of Comic Book) and discussed the opening Batman scene in Justice League:
“I love Joss Whedon. My scene with Batman was originally conceived as a comedic scene. That’s how Joss wrote it, and that’s how we shot it. I thought it came out great, but the studio felt it would be a mistake to open the film with a completely comedic scene, so it was re-edited a little bit. I was disappointed, but when I got home to New York I found a bottle of my favorite Champagne and a note from Joss that said ‘To Battles Lost. Gratefully, Joss.’ I can’t tell you how much it meant to me that he took the time to write to me. Joss Whedon is a class act. I had the letter framed.
It was a great experience, and a fun scene to shoot. Ben [Affleck] was very easygoing, we got it in just a few takes. My favourite fight scenes are usually ones that are choreographed with some style to them, and ones that are choreographed around a particular actor’s individual strengths. The old adage in the fight game is ‘styles make fights.’ I like to design my own fight choreography in conjunction with my director and stunt coordinator whenever possible, and here it was a great way to be a part of the film—even though I got beat by Batman.”