A few months after the Wonder Woman controversy flared up and then died down, Whedon’s ex-wife Kai Cole published a real barn-burner of an essay poking holes in Whedon’s supposed feminist past—namely citing the multiple affairs he’d had during their marriage as proof that he isn’t the man he says he is in public. According to Whedon, he spent a lot of his career surrounded by “beautiful, needy, aggressive young women” and that environment made him feel “like something from a Greek myth.” Considering this controversy, it is no surprise that in February, Whedon pulled out of the Batgirl movie he was set to produce, write, and direct, saying that because the project itself was so exciting, it took him “months” to figure out that he “really didn’t have a story.”

Addressing Batgirl at the Avengers premiere, Whedon said, “It had been a year since I first pitched the story. A lot happened in that year, and I felt some of the elements might not work as well. The story sort of crumbled in my hands. There are elements that I just hadn’t mastered.” Leak the script!