Joss Whedon may direct a standalone Batgirl movie

Now Avengers director Joss Whedon is set to write and direct a Batgirl solo movie, as reported yesterday.

Holy Buffy fanatics! In a move that will excite fans of Buffydom into states of squealing rapture, Joss Whedon may be signing on to direct a stand alone Batgirl film, Variety is reporting.

Whedon has had a long career creating and writing for female characters who kick ass, whether it be Sarah Michelle Gellar's Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Summer Glau as River Tam in the Firefly and Serenity combo.

It remains unclear when the Batgirl film would go into production or hit theaters.

The DC Extended Universe's Bat-family is getting a little bit bigger. The first led to widespread praise and record-breaking numbers but the latter led to negative backlash that soured Whedon on making Marvel movies.

While news of Whedon heading the upcoming Batgirl flick-which will reportedly be a standalone movie-has not been officially confirmed, the idea of Whedon bringing his flair to the DCEU is an exciting prospect. The character has only appeared on the big screen once before, played by Alicia Silverstone in 1997's "Batman and Robin". Other Batgirls Whedon could approach include Betty Kane, who first debuted back in 1961, Cassandra Cain, who now goes by Orphan in the comics, and Stephanie Brown, who originally went by Spoiler before taking up the Batgirl mantle briefly.

Batgirl has changed a lot throughout the decades, with various characters adopting the mantle. Batgirl is a DC property. After directing The Avengers, Whedon became Marvel's guru, "their sort of consigliere" as he put it in an interview a year ago. Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Suicide Squad all made tons of money but polarized audiences thanks to their grim and gritty vibes.