Author Roxane Gay Offers To Pen ‘Batgirl’ Script After Joss Whedon’s Exit
With Warner Bros. now in the market for a new writer for Batgirl, author Roxane Gay has volunteered to take on scripting duties.
Last Thursday, Feb. 22, writer-director Joss Whedon shocked comic and superhero film lovers with his exit from the forthcoming Warner Bros.’ Batgirl film. With the studio now in the market for a new writer and director, there’s been at least one name that has caught the game’s attention to take on scripting duties: Roxane Gay.
Hey @DCComics I can write your batgirl movie, no prob.
— roxane gay (@rgay) February 22, 2018
The Bad Feminist and Hunger author tweeted that same day the news broke, “Hey @DCComics I can write your ‘Batgirl’ movie, no prob.” Gay, who has over 425K followers, quickly generated pleas and retweets and likes from those who want her to take up the charge and help to bring a solid Batgirl movie to the masses. As that energy flooded timelines around the globe, it became clear that Gay’s pitch was being taken seriously.
Enter: Michele Wells. A Warner Bros. VP who works on DC projects, replied directly to Gay’s tweet to affirm the studio’s position. “If you’re serious… contact me,” Wells wrote, providing her company email address. Gay promptly responded, tweeting, “Yes I am serious. I will email you.”
If you’re serious…contact me. email@example.com
— Michele Wells (@michelewells) February 22, 2018
Whedon, who previously helmed The Avengers and worked closely on Justice League, said in a statement that he “didn’t have a story” to tell for the proposed Batgirl film. “‘Batgirl’ is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC [are] such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn’t have a story,” he said. “I’m grateful to Geoff [Johns] and Toby [Emmerich] and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I… uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed’?”
Gay, who regularly contributes cultural criticism and TV recaps to major outlets, also wrote the Black Panther: World of Wakanda comic series, and co-wrote the screen adaptation of her novel, An Untamed State. Currently, she is editing the 2017 edition of Best American Short Stories, and is also compiling a new book of essays about rape culture, Not That Bad, which is slated for release on May 1.