In an interview with Variety, Joss Whedon talked about his new project, Batgirl, stated that he doesn’t feel a big name is necessary for the role and that doing so would detract from the character of Batgirl herself. Whedon made it clear he wants to create the character first, and then find someone who fits that role, not the other way around. If that person happens to be a big name, then so be it, but Whedon says he definitely isn’t looking for one. Besides, he states, the name of Batgirl carries a lot of weight on its own and there is no reason to try and bolster that with an extremely famous actress.
Since Whedon is known for his work on Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and both shows gave rise to an entire cast nearly unknown actors, it’s not exactly surprising that Whedon prefers to write first and cast later. As it should be, really. Perhaps that is why his shows are so well written and highly acclaimed by critics.
No other names are currently attached to Batgirl, so it’s got a long way to go. I admire Whedon’s work, and I feel he is great fit for this project. I couldn’t be more glad that he decided to take it on, especially since the lack of focused comics on the character leave a lot of creative room for Whedon to do whatever he likes. If Firefly was a result of similar creative freedom, I can’t wait to see what he does with Batgirl.
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