Joss Wheedon steps down from ‘Batgirl,’ Roxane Gay offers to step up


In February, ever-busy Joss Wheedon passed on writing and directing the upcoming Batgirl movie by Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. Today, prolific novelist and essayist Roxane Gay offered to take over. And DC might be interested.

Gay tweeted, "Hey [DC Comics] I can write your 'Batgirl' movie, no prob."

Michele Wells, a Warner Bros. VP who works on DC films, tweeted back, "If you're serious… contact me," and Gay responded with the promise to email her.

Although she's known for intense fiction like An Untamed State and smart cultural criticism like Bad Feminism, a Batgirl script wouldn't be Gay's first foray into the worlds of comics — in 2016 she wrote Black Panther: World of Wakanda for Marvel and has written about her love for comics in many essays.

Gay's next book is an essay collection she edited, Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture, out in May. It's no sure thing that Warner Bros. will make a Batgirl movie without Wheedon, but it would be interesting to see Gay's take on Batman sidekick Barbara Gordon.

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