The Batgirl saga thus far has been both a roller coaster and a snail ride. A roller coaster because of both the quick exit of Joss Whedon from the director’s chair and Lindsay Lohan’s Twitter campaign for the lead role. A snail because even though the film had been announced some time ago, the project has yet to move forward in any meaningful way. Now that there is an opening for a director I wondered who would fill the role well.

Since Whedon’s exit, many have wondered if Warner Bros. would use this opportunity to have a woman direct the movie. There has even been a significant push for Lena Dunham to get the job. However, there are a number of women who could do a much better job. They have a wide range of talent, experience, and abilities that could take Batgirl in a number of directions.

1. Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola

HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 18: Sofia Coppola arrives for Vulture Festival Los Angeles at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on November 18, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/WireImage)

First on the list is Sofia Coppola. Her name should be known to any movie buff since she’s the daughter of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. Though they share a surname, she has paved her own path as a director many times over. She got the ball rolling in her career with The Virgin Suicides back in 1999. Then won her first Oscar in her second outing with Lost in Translation. Coppola brings you into the worlds of each of her films. Just watch her filmography and you’ll see first hand. One thing that popped into my mind is also her ability to work a sort of femininity into the story that could be missed by other directors. I mean Batgirl is a lady, and a certain amount of that needs to be shown if you want the full scope of the character.

2. Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – OCTOBER 27: Ava DuVernay attends the 2017 AMD British Academy Britannia Awards Presented by American Airlines And Jaguar Land Rover at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/BAFTA LA/Getty Images for BAFTA LA)

Ava is best known for her film Selma back in 2015. But a fun fact is that she originally was in consideration to direct and co-write Black Panther before it went to Ryan Coogler. She’s also the mind behind Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time. Her list of directing credits may be a bit short, but she has proven to be a well and capable director. Now is a great time for her to jump into Batgirl girl. Warner Bros. might even see it as a coup to win over DuVernay from Disney. I’d love to see her get a second chance at a superhero movie and Batgirl could be the perfect fit.

3. Lesli Linka Glatter

Lesli Linka Glatter

poses in the press room at the 67th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on February 7, 2015 in Century City, California.

I have to admit, my love of Twin Peaks is one of the reasons I added Lesli Linka Glatter to the list. But thanks to her work in multiple acclaimed shows like Freaks and Geeks, Mad Men, West Wing and ER, she’s proven that she is more than capable of handling this type of film. Currently, her work on Homeland is displaying her ability to bring out great drama through tension and dialog. With her wide range of experience, Lesli is a director that could easily create a film that both respects the source material and creates an appeal for a wide range audience.

4. Lexi Alexander

Lexi Alexander

Lexi Alexander (Director) during “Green Street” Hooligans Tokyo Press Conference at Park Hyatt Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Nathan Shanahan/WireImage)

Superhero tales aren’t a strange and new thing for Lexi Alexander. She has worked on The CW’s Arrowverse shows such as Arrow and Supergirl. Lexi has also worked on the Taken television series. Her experience in both superheroes and action dramas showcases an ability that I believe could play well if she were given the opportunity to direct Batgirl. Someone like Barbara Gordon has a tough demeanor that could shine very well with Lexi’s experience. She would also add in important dramatic elements to enrich the film. Right now it doesn’t seem she’s getting the notice she deserves, but a film like this could propel her to a level that Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins currently enjoys.

5. Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 12: Director Jodie Foster attends the “Money Monster” Photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Jodie Foster is both talented and full of surprises. What she brings to the table that I believe most of the list doesn’t is her experience in front of the camera. An award-winning actress Foster has decades of work under her belt that very few actors can match. Now over the last several years, she’s made a name for herself as a director with work in TV shows such as Tales from the Darkside, Black Mirror, House of Cards, and Orange is the New Black. Movies such as The Beaver have also shown Foster’s directing range is just as wide as her acting range. Foster can bring a depth to Gordon that could set the stage for some amazing adaptations from the comics.

6. Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 14: Actress and Special Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie visits The United Nations on September 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Another actress who is now moving towards directing. Jolie has many great movies under her belt and has slowly expanded her director’s credits over the years. Her last outing was with a movie titled First They Killed My Father. It was a biography about the horrors of the Khmer Rouge during the communist rule. Jolie’s acting experience especially in films like Mr. and Mrs. Smith as well as the Tomb Raider films could definitely give her an edge as to how to portray Barbara Gordon. Jolie also has writing experience from First They Killed My Father and By the Sea. Jolie could give us a Batgirl with plenty of action, but with a deep emotional core.

7. Mary Harron

Mary Harron

EAST HAMPTON, NY – OCTOBER 11: Director Mary Harron speaks at the Awards Dinner on Day 4 of the 23rd Annual Hamptons International Film Festival on October 11, 2015 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images for Hamptons International Film Festival)

American Psycho, enough said. But really Mary Harron has a filmography as a director that few on this list can match. The first time I saw her work was back in 1998 in an episode of HBO’s Oz. Now don’t ask why an I was watching that at my age, just know I did. Right afterward is when she directed American Psycho which enjoys cult classic status with many fans such as myself. Mary can bring out both exceptional characters as well as build a world that catches the audience’s eyes. Just look at some of her work in The Notorious Bettie Page. Harron is also no stranger to DC Comics, she directed an episode of NBC’s Constantine back in 2015. It’s quite possible she might look to return to DC Comics.

There you have it, my personal wish list of directors who could direct Batgirl. As you can see, the industry isn’t short of talented female directors. Now the question is, is Warner Bros. willing to reach out and make this happen? Or will the departure of Joss Whedon keep the project on ice?

What do you all think of this list? Are any directors you had in mind on the list? Or did I miss someone? Let’s chat in the comments below!

 

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Jorge Arenas
Resident Star Trek Specialist/ Writer

Jorge Arenas is a Governmental Affairs Director working in the Southwest. If Starfleet were real his career would be in a much different place. Currently, he specializes in all things Star Trek. He loves DC but has a soft spot for Deadpool. When not writing you can find him on World of Warcraft. Battle.net, ID-PassStage6#1707

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