It looks like DC and Warner Bros. have finally found their Batgirl. Leslie Grace has topped the role of Barbara Gordon in the upcoming film, which will premier on HBO Max. A few days, we found out that DC had quite the shortlist which also included Zoey Deutch, Isabella Merced, and Haley Lu Richardson. Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah took over directing duties after Joss Whedon left the project. Plot details remain under wraps on how they’ll explore this version of the iconic character.
Gordon has gone through a lot in the comics. After her time as the Batgirl, she gets shot by the Joker and ends up paralyzed. She took on the mantle of Oracle to support the rest of the Batfamily. Years later, she regained the ability to walk and even returned to Gotham as the iconic hero. It’s an iconic role with almost 50 years of history.
Grace’s casing is a great move after her breakout role in Jon M. Chu‘s In the Heights. The film put her on the market and helped up her chances on getting the role. The Dominican also won three Latin Grammy Award nomminations. It’s unsure which direction she will take the character, but The Flash writer Christina Hodson will write the script. It’ll be the frist of many DC films to premier on HBO Max. It’s uncertin if she will connect to any specific version of Batman, which will soon expand with the return of Michael Keaton in The Flash and Robert Pattinson‘s The Batman.