Batgirl, the crime-fighting heroine of Gotham City, is getting her standalone film directed and written by Joss Whedon, the creative mind behind TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Firefly. The fact that Joss Whedon, is now moving over to Warner Bros DC Universe could be the explanation to Whedon’s words, “unpleasant” struggle with Marvel Studios over Avengers: Age of Ultron. A film written and directed by Joss Whedon means Batgirl will have the depth, the perspective, and action we need for Batgirl. Yes, we could have female write and direct this film, but I think this is a fantastic step on DC’s part.
This is a huge move and a progressive shift away from the status quo of films beating out Marvel. Featuring a female superhero in the past wasn’t something that was bankable for Hollywood, but it’s something we need. It breaks the stereotype that women are just damsels in distress; it teaches young girls they can be empowered women. They aren’t just love interests, or sidekicks, or another member of the team. They are teaching everyone now and generation to come that women can be strong, smart, and can fight.
We live in a media-saturated society. Everything we do is looked at and criticized by the media from what we wear, how we eat, and what we say is a constructed in part by how we are viewed.
Batgirl, aka Barbara Gordon, first appeared in the DC Comics in 1967. Batgirl as a photographic memory, a computer genius, and is an expert martial artist. She is Commissioner James Gordon’s daughter who joins the Batman Family. Later on, after a being shot by the Joker, leaving her paraplegic but she continues to help fight crime under the new codename Oracle.
The Wonder Woman film which opens on June 2 is another film which has great potential of showing that times have changed and films focusing on female superheroes. The studio is also developing a Gotham City Sirens focusing on Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy, a group of female superheroes and villains.
Maybe it’ll get rid of that negative connotation of a tomboy. Hopefully they won’t just make pink shirts with Batgirl on them, maybe they’ll stop and realize your genitals don’t operate your toys and make some Batgirl toys that aren’t just aimed specifically for guys or girls.
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