Lena Dunham is only 31-years old and is an award-winning writer, producer, director, and actress. Could Dunham be the right choice to direct the Batgirl movie? Joss Whedon just announced that he has stepped down from the project and new reports are surfacing, claiming that Warner Bros. and DC Films want a woman to step up and direct the movie, which makes sense. While Lena Dunham doesn't have experience directing blockbuster movies, with her only directorial feature-length the indie comedy Tiny Furniture, she revolutionized how women were portrayed on television and the big screen through her work on her HBO series Girls, of which she directed 19 episodes.
It has been reported that Warner Bros. and DC Films want to replicate the success of Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman, which seems obvious. It's also in the political climate of Hollywood currently, where if a man were to direct Batgirl, some backlash would more than likely occur. There are a number of talented and established female directors that could step up and take over the project, but what if Warner Bros. and DC Films took a chance on an outsider? The new DC Films banner is already off to an interesting start with the Joker origin movie and Batgirl could go in the same manner.
Todd Phillips has signed on to direct the Joker origin movie and his career started with a G.G. Allin documentary in the early 1990s. Since then, he's mostly known for comedy, which is also what Lena Dunham has been known for as well. Even through her comedy, Dunham took on serious issues in a fearless manner, which is something that Batgirl could use. Dunham has a sort of punk rock edge that many leading female filmmakers don't have, and her vision would definitely be unique.
Lena Dunham came into notoriety with her 2010, semi-autobiographical film, Tiny Furniture. The short film earned Dunham with an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. The success of Tiny Furniture led directly to talking with Judd Apatow and the development of her hit show Girls. The wildly popular HBO show lasted for 6 seasons, winning numerous awards including Golden Globes, Directors Guild, Peabody, Emmys, Baftas, and others. Lena Dunham, along with Jennifer Lawrence have been hailed as rewriting the script for women in Hollywood, so why not a chance at Batgirl?
There have been some pretty big names talked about for the Batgirl movie, now that Joss Whedon has officially exited the project. Jodi Foster, Ana Lily Amirpour, Karyn Kusama, Dee Rees, and Susanne Bier have all been mentioned since the news broke earlier today. Those are all talented directors, but Warner Bros. and DC Films might want to stretch out a bit and go a little further like the Marvel Cinematic Universe did with Taika Waititi taking on Thor: Ragnarok. That's not to imply that Dunham would turn Batgirl into a comedy, but instead to say that she would make something unique. For now, we'll just have to wait and see who ends up in the director's chair for Batgirl. You can read the original report about Joss Whedon stepping down from the project from The Hollywood Reporter.