Back in the days when Zack Snyder’s DCEU was still alive and kicking, it was revealed that there was a Batgirl movie in the works with Joss Whedon. After the release of Justice League and Whedon’s fall from grace, the Batgirl project was put on the backburner; but the good news is, the film is moving forward on HBO Max, and a shortlist of actresses have been revealed to test for the role.
As per Deadline, the shortlist for Barbara Gordon includes Isabela Merced (Dora and the Lost City of Gold), Zoey Deutch (The Politician, Zombieland Double Tap), and Leslie Grace (In the Heights). Haley Lu Richardson (Unpregnant) was also a name, but it’s said that she had possibly bowed out before the testing process.
We don’t have any plot details for Batgirl yet, but we do know that the script will be coming from Christina Hodson, the same writer behind Birds of Prey. Seeing that Hodson is also behind the Flash script, a lot of fans are hoping that this keeps to the larger DCEU (a.k.a. the Snyderverse) as compared to Joker or the upcoming Batman which are set on their own alternate timelines.
The Batgirl film is expected to make its debut on HBO Max solely and will be skipping out on a theatrical release. While I always favor properties to release in cinemas, the direct to streaming release does minimize risk for studios and allows for movies centered on smaller heroes to push forward.
As of now, no release has been set for Batgirl. The next DC film, The Suicide Squad, comes out on Aug. 6.