Warner Bros. and DC have found their Barbara Gordon. Leslie Grace has been selected to play Batgirl in the superhero’s upcoming solo film, as reported by Deadline.
It was reported earlier this week that Warner Bros. and DC were testing several actresses to play the DC heroine, with Dora and the Lost City of Gold star Isabel Merced and Zombieland: Double Tap’s Zoey Deutch also featured on a shortlist for the role. Warner Bros. reportedly had a high opinion of Grace after her performance in the studio’s musical In the Heights and an impressive audition cinched the deal.
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Batgirl will premiere exclusively on HBO Max, along with an upcoming Static Shock solo film. The pair of DC adaptations represent an effort by DC to expand their storytelling beyond theatrical releases. Both Batgirl and Static Shock will have connections to DC’s established live-action cinematic universe, though DC Films president Walter Hamada has described the projects as “riskier” endeavors better fit for the smaller budget of a non-theatrical release.
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Batgirl was first announced in 2017, with Joss Whedon attached to write and direct. After Whedon left the project in 2018, Warner Bros. has since hired Adil El Arbi and Billall Fallah, the duo that helmed 2020’s Bad Boys for Life. Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson is attached to pen Batgirl.
For more on DC’s upcoming slate of movies and TV shows, check out our rundown of every DC project that’s currently in development.
J. Kim Murphy is a freelance entertainment writer.
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