Joss Whedon, who famously helped kickstart the Marvel Cinematic Universe with "The Avengers," is heading over to rival DC to direct a "Batman" spinoff movie. Whedon will write and direct a "batgirl" movie for Warner Bros. No stars are attached to the film, and no release date has been set. However, with a director of Whedon's caliber on board and Warner Bros. adding other "Batman" spinoffs to its schedule, such as "Gotham City Sirens" and "Nightwing," you can expect this film to be put on the fast track. There have been rumblings that Whedon would join the DC Extended Universe for quite a while.

He had previously written a "Wonder Woman" script and was long rumored to direct a "Wonder Woman" movie starring Angelina Jolie.

Whedon leaving Marvel and heading to DC

This is a huge coup for DC. Snatching a Marvel director like joss whedon away from Disney means that Warner Bros. is seriously trying to fix the sinking ship that is the DCEU. Fans and critics have been extremely disappointed with Both "Batman v Superman" and "Suicide Squad." "Batman v Superman" in particular failed to live up to the high box office totals Warner Bros. was eyeing. Whedon previously wrote issue #26 of "Batman/Superman," so this will not be his first time writing about DC superheroes. It will be his first time directing a DC comic book movie, but his experience with "Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron" makes him a welcome addition to the DCEU.

First 'Batgirl' movie ever

This will be the first "Batgirl" movie, but the character has a long history on TV and in animation. The late Yvonne Craig portrayed Barbara Gordon, aka Batgirl, on the 1960s "Batman" TV show starring Adam West and Burt Ward. Last year a Batgirl centric direct to DVD animated movie based on the famous graphic novel "the Killing Joke" was released.

Batgirl has also been featured in numerous animated TV shows such as "Young Justice" and "Batman: the Animated Series."

Batgirl first appeared in comics in 1967 and was introduced to television audiences later than year. Many different characters have worn the costume over the years, but it is very likely that it's Barbara Gordon who will appear in Whedon's "Batgirl" movie.