Finally, Batgirl character has been cast for 2022 Film of the same name; Leslie Grace.
Arbi and Fallah have found their Batgirl.
By all appearances, Leslie Grace, the 26 year-old actress best known for her role in In the Heights, has been cast to play Barbara Gordon in future Batgirl release slated for 2022-2023. Of course, Batgirl’s first live action portrayal was by Yvonne Craig in Adam West’s “Batman” series. However, the most recent live action Barbara Gordon was played by Alicia Silverstone in 1997’s ‘Batman and Robin.’
I am BEYOND EXCITED to embody Barbara Gordon, your #Batgirl ! I cannot believeeee what I’m writing rn… THANK YOU DC for welcoming to the family! I’m ready to give her all I’ve got!
Unfortunately, no plot details have been revealed, at this time. Also, unknown is whether the film will just feature Batgirl Pre-Killing Joke or Post-Killing Joke Oracle. Next, the creators responsible for this film will be television producer William Dozier, editor Julius Schwartz, writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino. Additionally, Christina Hodson has written the script. Instead, of a full Batgirl theatrical release, the film will be a straight to HBO max release. By making it an HBO exclusive, the hope is that subscribers will begin to grow on the streaming app. Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will direct the film. Kristin Burr is producing. As for Comissioner James Gordon, the role went to none other than J.K. Simmons.
Batgirl’s Comic Roots
Initially, Batgirl, Barbara Gordon made her first feature in Detective Comics #359, on January 1967. “The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl,” as it was entitled, was the feature that first brought fans Gordon’s character. Furthermore, Dr. Barbara Gordon Ph.D.’s is depicted as an intelligent, fully capable, independent woman Dr. Gordon has a doctorate in library science. And, as head of Gotham City public library, she devotes her degree and intellect in running the largest public library in Gotham and DC Comics alike.
While, initially, Batgirl was created to increase female viewship. Barbara’s alter ego was meant as symbolic rendering of the women’s movement of the 1960s. So, her initial start was a frivolous attempt at placating to female readers. Even so, she developed into something more. Thus, Batgirl became an anchor to female empowerment everywhere.