One of the films that has been in development the longest for WB and DC is Batgirl. The film has been yet another one stuck in development hell, at one point having Joss Whedon aboard the project to write and direct. Following Whedon’s exit, the studio tapped writer Christina Hodson, known for writing Bumblebee and Birds of Prey, as well as the upcoming Flash film, to rewrite Batgirl. Development on the film was quite silent until it was announced that Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah would be directing. With directors secured and a finished script, the only other next step is to fill out your cast, and it seems that could be coming soon.
In a new report from the Illuminerdi, new casting descriptions for multiple characters have been revealed. The first description is obviously Barbra Gordon, with the studio looking for an actress in their early 20s to play Batgirl. The second description is looking for an actor in his 50s and described as a strong supporting character. The final casting description is looking for an actor in their 50s-60s to play a “disgruntled former firefighter.” This last casting call is almost identical to that of Garfield Lynns, aka Firefly, a notorious arsonist within Gotham City and one of Batman’s many rogues.
The biggest takeaway from these casting calls could be the incoming recast of JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. Simmons previously played Gordon in both Justice League and Zack Snyder’s Justice League in which he played a very minor role. It’s unknown just where this film will be taking place in DC continuity, but will most likely take place in a post-Flash DCEU, with whatever changes that film makes.