Following the success of Wonder Woman, DC and Warner Bros. are apparently eyeing Batgirl and Justice League Dark as their next projects.
The news hails from The Hollywood Reporter, who revealed that the studio has been planning on slotting the two films as their next projects set within the DC Extended Universe. Of course, with writer-director Joss Whedon attached to Batgirl, it isn’t entirely surprising that the film is being fast-tracked. However, Justice League Dark is currently without a creative team, as its second director Doug Liman departed the project back in May and Warner Bros. has yet to announce a replacement.
Rumors have both It‘s Andy Muschietti and Argentinean director Damián Szifron on the list of directors in the mix for Justice League Dark. However, news has been scarce, since a deal has yet to be made with either party. While Whedon is confirmed to both write and direct Batgirl, he seemed to suggest he was still in the early stages of developing the story during the Wonder Woman premiere.
With Wonder Woman proving to not only be a critical success but also a box office smash, the decision to move forward on Batgirl ahead of other previously announced projects — including Gotham City Sirens, Cyborg and Man of Steel 2, to name a few — could prove to be fruitful for the studio, especially given Whedon’s track record with the genre. Of course, this schedule could shift, as the studio finds itself eager to focus on the follow-up to Wonder Woman.
As of right now, neither Batgirl nor Justice League Dark have release dates. However, both films would likely hit theaters after Aquaman, which opens on December 21, 2018 and stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilso, Willem Dafoe, Nicole Kidman and more.