Derek Lawrence
February 22, 2018 AT 04:25 PM EST

Almost a year after news broke that Joss Whedon was set to write, direct, and produce a Batgirl film, The Avengers filmmaker has exited the DC project, EW has confirmed.

“Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn’t have a story,” Whedon said in a statement. “I’m grateful to Geoff [Johns] and Toby [Emmerich] and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I… uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed’?”

While Whedon says he “didn’t have a story,” sources told EW when the film was announced that the Batgirl being used would be Barbara Gordon, daughter of Commissioner Gordon, with the DC Comics “New 52” version of the character serving as a starting point.

Rumors of Whedon’s Batgirl exit were refuted in November, following the poor critical reception and disappointing box office performance of Justice League, which Whedon had co-written and directed the reshoots.

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator was in the headlines last summer after his ex-wife Kai Cole published a guest blog in The Wrap accusing him of multiple affairs with actresses, coworkers, fans, and others, and calling him a “hypocrite preaching feminist ideals.” A spokesperson for Whedon responded with a statement saying Whedon would not comment, but that the blog included “inaccuracies and misrepresentations.”

THR first reported Whedon’s exit.

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