Joss Whedon continues his lifelong journey down the highway of sexual projection with his new project Batgirl.
At this point he clearly believes his own publicity. Which is not a good idea.
The truth is that anyone who directed the Avengers movie was going to be captaining a monster but yes, granted, he now has two James Cameron sized hits under his belt. But is it really earned glory? Or did he simply build this work on the shoulders of giants?
Avengers raked in 1.5 billion
Avengers: Age of Cylon Thing pulled in 1.4 billion
Captain America: Civil War was basically Avengers III and it came in at a lower 1.15 billion. Now that is a damn good boxoffice return and I would be happy to have that kind of change jingling in my pocket but it is also a respectable drop off in revenue. Keep in mind, Joss Whedon did not direct Civil War...but everyone agrees that Civil War was a much better movie than Age of Ultron. So that is not really a plus for Whedon or for Marvel. Fan interest is still very much alive but it is clearly diminishing.
But now we aren't talking about Marvel. We are now talking about the most feckless movie franchise in all of superherodom. DC Comics.
Granted, DC does just fine when it comes to the small screen. In fact the less money that is being spent on production the better. It's animated versions of Batman, Superman and the Justice League would be hard pressed to get it more right. They are arguably, classics. Live Action TV versions are another matter but the current CW crop, despite being drenched in SJWism aren't too far off base. The vibe is there, they managed to capture the characters.
Which makes the DC Comics movies soooo much worse. DC has a major problem in that it's corporate ownership, Warner Brothers, has no feel for the property they own. They have more love for Bugs Bunny than they do Superman. Bugs and Daffy they get on an instinctive level. Bats and Supes, they don't have a clue.
They have done alright with Batman recently but the last good Superman movie was released in 1978. Batman V Superman while technically a hit, had the biggest market dropoff in movie history. Although is still moved tickets to the tune of 870 million. Suicide Squad had a huge world wide boxoffice of 750 million.
Now this is darn good money considering the fact that these movies were absolute shit.
So there is basically zero doubt that Batgirl the Motion Picture will make a lot money because comic book hero fanboys are basically mindless zombies who will troop in to seen anything at all provided there is a guy in tights and a cape and things that go BOOM.
...or will they?
Batgirl doesn't exactly have a gigantic fanbase and as for Whedon's core fanbase, mostly consists of Firefly fans who don't know that Tim Minear was the guy who did all the heavy lifting on that show.
I predict that it will make money but there is the real possibility that we are looking at Ghostbusters the bat themed superheroine movie.
UPDATE: If Guardians of the Galaxy had been made my DC.