From Deadline they advance that Leslie Grace (‘In a New York neighborhood’) has been chosen to play the role of Barbara Gordon / Batgirl in the future Warner Bros. and DC film, ‘Batgirl‘. The actress auditioned for the role this past week at a casting where, as we announced last Tuesday, there were also Isabela Merced (‘Sweet Girl’), Zoey Deutch (‘How to get away from Buffalo’) and Haley Lu Richardson (‘Multiple’). .
The film will focus on Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon, as she takes on the Batgirl mantle.Although the studio is being very secretive about the film’s data, we do know that DC Films to release both ‘Batgirl’ and a future ‘Zatanna’ movie exclusively for HBO Max.
Additionally, we recently learned that ‘Bad Boys for Life’ directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will direct the film from a script by Christina Hodson (‘Bumblebee’) and produced by Kristin Burr (‘Cruella’).
Created by screenwriter Sheldon Moldoff in 1961, Batgirl first appeared in comics in 1967 as Barbara Gordon, day librarian and daughter of Police Commissioner James Gordon. Later she became an ally of Batman and Robin in Gotham City. The character was played by Yvonne Craig in the 1960s ‘Batman’ series; by Alicia Silverstone (as Barbara Wilson, Alfred’s niece) in the 1997 film ‘Batman & Robin’; and finally by Rosario Dawson, who voices the character in ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’.
Warner Bros. has been working on an independent feature film for a long time.‘Batgirl’, specifically since 2017 when the studio hired Joss Whedon to write and direct the film. However, the project was shelved after the filmmaker left directing a year later.