On March 30, it was announced that director Joss Whedon has been tapped to direct a standalone Batgirl film for the DCCU. While Whedon has directed comic book adaptations in the past, with both Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron under his belt, this will be the first adaptation he will direct that focuses on a singular character, rather than an ensemble of superheroes.
Reactions to this news have been mostly positive, with many citing his work with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly as evidence that he can successfully create strong female characters and The Avengers as evidence of his success with the Superhero genre. However, some are fearful of this, citing Avengers: Age of Ultron and his treatment of Black Widow in the film as reason to not let him direct Batgirl.
In the fight for the best treatment of female characters, it looks like DC might be a few steps ahead of Marvel, with Wonder Woman set to be released this summer and both Batgirl and Gotham City Sirens films in the works. Marvel currently only has one female-led film on their roster, Captain Marvel (which will not be released until 2019), and Ant Man and The Wasp will be dual-led by Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lily.