Joss Whedon gave us super-whiplash when he signed on to and then exited the DCEU’s Batgirl within months, but it was for a fairly simple reason. As Whedon explained on the red carpet for Avengers: Infinity War, he just didn’t have an idea that fit with the universe.

Whedon stopped by Variety’s mic on Monday night and explained the situation:

It had been a year since I first pitched the story [and] a lot happened in that year. I felt some of the elements might not work as well, and the story just kind of crumbled in my hands.

There were elements I hadn’t mastered and after a long time felt like I wasn’t going to. So, I told people I didn’t have an idea, which isn’t the exact truth. I had an idea that didn’t fit in the space that was left for it. It was a little heartbreaking because I was so excited for it.

Here’s video of their conversation:

It’s a shame Whedon won’t get to be involved, but that doesn’t mean Batgirl isn’t happening. Bumblebee screenwriter Christina Hodson just signed on to provide a new script, and the project is actively searching around for a director and a cast. There’s no release date set yet, but if they’re still actively working on a story, DC will probably announce that soon.

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