Hollywood actress Leslie Grace of In The Heights fame has reportedly been picked up as DC’s newest Batgirl. She will be playing the lead role of Barbara Gordon AKA Batgirl in this standalone DC movie. It will be streaming on HBO Max.
Earlier, it was reported that there are a few contenders for the role of Batgirl and Leslie was picked from a group consisting of – Zoey Deutch of Vampire Academy fame, Isabela Merced from Dora and the Lost City of Gold and lastly, Five Feet Apart star Haley Lu Richardson.
According to Deadline, Leslie Grace’s audition was what made Warner Bros. and DC choose her for Batgirl. Also, her stellar breakout performance in the musical named In The Heights (which is also a Warner Bros. production and premiered in June on HBO Max) sealed the deal.
Leslie took to Twitter to announce the good news. She wrote, “I am BEYOND EXCITED to embody Barbara Gordon, your #Batgirl ! I cannot believeeee what I’m writing rn… THANK YOU DC for welcoming to the family! I’m ready to give her all I’ve got! ”
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I am BEYOND EXCITED to embody Barbara Gordon, your #Batgirl ! I cannot believeeee what I’m writing rn… THANK YOU DC for welcoming to the family! I’m ready to give her all I’ve got! 🦇💜✨ https://t.co/muq9GuVVk6
— Leslie Grace (@lesliegrace) July 21, 2021
Batgirl was first introduced in the 1967’s Detective Comics #359 (DC comics) as Barbara Gordon, daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon. She made her debut on Television and then, in the Batman movie series.
In the comics, Barbara also has an alter-ego named Oracle who is a computer expert and technical advisor. She suffered a spinal cord injury in the hands of the arc-villain Joker, which ultimately put her in a wheelchair. Her paralysis and eventual recovery is a hot topic for debate.
Batgirl has been kept in the limbo for a long time now. In 2017, Joss Whedon of The Avengers fame was hired to write and direct the Batgirl movie, which was meant for a theatrical release. In 2019, after Whedon’s exit, writer Christina Hodson was brought in, following her success with Bumblebee and DC’s Birds of Prey.
In May, Batgirl transitioned into an HBO Max project after the entry of directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah of Bad Boys of Life. Kristin Burr of Cruella fame was brought in as the producer.
Distributed by Warner Bros., Batgirl is aiming for a 2022/2023 release.