Warner Bros. was a bit coy about the Batgirl movie. It is not due until 2022, as it is between The Flash and The Batman. WB provided a small glimpse of Barbara's movie at the DC Fandome. We were thrilled to see the Batgirl take on supervillains even though it was only on a very small screen.
The movie has not yet started production, so we only got talking heads from Leslie Grace, Christina Hodson, writer of Birds of Prey films and directors Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, and Christina Hodson about the film. The excitement was mostly general, though Hodson teased that Batgirl will not be as law-abiding than her previous incarnations. However, the directors promised that Batgirl would wear a cowl as a promise. Leslie then confirmed that Barbara Gordon would also sport red hair.
We know from interviews that the movie was inspired by the amazing Batgirl of Burnside story arc. It was co-written by Cameron Stewart and Brendon Fletcher, with fantastic art by Babs Tarr. We are not sure what other inspirations the movie may take from these issues. However, we believe the more the better. Above is a piece from the concept art that was revealed at the event.
Batgirl looks like it will take place in the DC Extended Universe formerly led by Zack Snyder. J.K. Simmons will play Barbara's father, Commissioner Jim Gordon, just as he did with Justice League and Batman v Superman. Jeffrey Wright, Westworld's and What If actor plays Gordon in Matt Reeves The Batman. He is currently working on Gotham TV Series but that series doesn't link to the wider film universe. Unless The Flashs multiverse storyline decides that they should be connected. In a recent interview, both directors confirmed that Batman would be appearing in Batgirl. It was not him, but which version? This could be Ben Affleck who is already playing the role in Flash, but has shown little interest in the Dark Knight beyond that. If Warner Bros. regards him as the new Batman, it could be Robert Pattinson from The Batmans. Given that Flash is going to be a mess with timelines, it could be Michael Keaton, if Warner Bros. considers him real in the sense they mean real.
Batgirl will premiere on HBO Max next year. We will hopefully soon have more information.
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