Barbara Gordon flies once more! After some difficulties getting off the bottom, a Batgirl film is formally within the works — and it’s coming ahead of comedian ebook followers can consider.
Batgirl was initially introduced in March 2017 with Joss Whedon set to direct, write and produce the film. One yr later, although, the Avengers director pulled out of the challenge, saying that he “actually didn’t have a narrative” for the script.
“The story form of simply crumbled in my fingers,” the Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator instructed Selection in April 2018. “There have been parts that I simply hadn’t mastered that, after a very long time, felt like I wasn’t going to. I instructed those who I didn’t have an thought, which isn’t a precise reality. I had an thought, nevertheless it didn’t match within the house that was left for it. It was a little bit heartbreaking.”
DC didn’t hand over on the challenge, nonetheless, and employed Christina Hodson to interchange Whedon because the screenwriter. The U.Okay. native is nicely versed in comedian ebook lore, having written the 2020 movie Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) starring Margot Robbie. Hodson can be writing The Flash, due out in November 2022.
A number of ladies have used the Batgirl moniker all through the lengthy historical past of DC Comics, however the brand new film will concentrate on Barbara Gordon, who’s extensively referred to as probably the most iconic model of the character. Barbara is the daughter of James Gordon, the police commissioner who seems in lots of Batman comics and movies.
Like Batman, Batgirl doesn’t have any supernatural powers, however she is a talented martial artist who is aware of her manner round high-tech weapons. In lots of depictions of the character, she’s additionally a genius hacker.
Regardless of her standing as a fan favourite, Batgirl has solely appeared in live-action Batman films twice. Alicia Silverstone donned the cape in 1997’s Batman & Robin, however her character was named Barbara Wilson. She was recognized because the niece of Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth.
The 2008 movie The Darkish Knight included a quick cameo from Hannah Gunn because the unnamed daughter of Commissioner Gordon, however she wasn’t referred to as Batgirl — the credit listed her solely as “Gordon’s daughter.”
In July 2021, information broke that Leslie Grace had landed the position of Batgirl within the new movie. The challenge would be the singer’s second film ever after her debut massive display look within the 2021 movie adaptation of Within the Heights.
“I can’t say a lot about what she goes to do, however Batgirl turns into her personal hero,” the New York Metropolis native instructed Elle in October 2021. “[Her origin story] is loopy darkish, like a number of different superheroes, however I like that she turns into Batgirl as a result of she needs to make a distinction on the planet.”
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