Actress Leslie Grace has offered a sneak-peek into Barbara Gordon’s journey in the upcoming Batgirl movie. Although it was Betty Kane who originally held the superheroine mantle after her debut in 1961, DC’s most prominent incarnation of Batgirl is Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City Police Department Commissioner Jim Gordon. Over the years, Barbara’s Batgirl has appeared in multiple movies and shows, such as Adam West’s Batman TV series and Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin feature film. But the character has never been under the spotlight on her own. This, however, is something that Warner Bros. and DC Films are aiming to change, as a solo Batgirl movie is currently in development at HBO Max.
Although the Batgirl movie has only made headway recently, it has been in the works for years with multiple writers and directors attached. At one point, Joss Whedon was involved with the project, but he left in 2018 suggesting that he couldn’t get the story right. After Whedon’s exit, Birds of Prey and The Flash writer Christina Hodson was hired to write the screenplay, with Bad Boys for Life duo, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, later joining as directors. Once the creative side was figured out, Batgirl quickly ramped up development and in July, it finalized In The Heights actress Leslie Grace for the titular role.
Grace has since opened up about her character in the film, and recently during an interview with ET Online, she teased what Barbara’s journey will look like in Batgirl. According to Grace, Barbara is someone who’s been undervalued by her father and hasn’t exactly experienced the bitter challenges of life as she is the youngest member of the family. She is, therefore, eager to prove that she is capable of a lot more than she is taken for, and for that she is ready to overcome every obstacle that might pop up along the way. She says she feels like she’s on an “endless journey” of proving her worth, and thus her natural instincts of persistence and enthusiasm resonate in her performance. Read what she said below:
“She’s someone who’s been underestimated by even her own dad and being the youngest kid, sometimes you’re insulated from all of the tough stuff of life and she’s so eager to prove to herself and to everybody else that there’s some things that she can handle. So, this journey is definitely going to show me a lot of that. I feel like I’m on an endless journey of proving to myself what barriers I can break, what limits I can break for myself and I’m excited to put a little bit of that eagerness and drive and, like, almost a bit of stubbornness into Barbara’s character.”
From the beginning, Grace has been decidedly excited about stepping into Barbara’s shoes. And it’s not just her who is looking forward to seeing her embodiment of the character, but fellow DCEU actresses, like Margot Robbie and Jurnee Smollett, are also thrilled for Grace’s turn as Batgirl. The latter even tweeted about her casting on social media, voicing confidence that she’s going to “kill it” in the movie. This mutual excitement bodes well for the film, which would be the first for DCEU after the Wonder Woman franchise to feature a female superhero as its lead.
If one is ought to make something out of Grace’s analysis of her character, it would be safe to say that it appears Batgirl seems to be hewing closer to the superheroine’s comic roots, presenting itself as an origin story for the vigilante. In the comics, Barbara had to make many efforts to prove herself to Batman and her father. This lines up well with how Grace described her character, and fans can expect Batgirl to take place during the early years of Barbara’s career when she was still transforming and adapting to the responsibilities of her new role as Gotham’s protector. If this is true, it means that a lot of colorful characters from Barbara’s early rogue gallery may show up in Batgirl, including Velvet Tiger, Blacksun, and Firefly, who is already rumored to be in the movie. An appearance from the Joker, however, is unlikely, as he is someone whom Barbara fought during the peak of her career. He might still show up in the end credits though, possibly setting up a sequel.
Source: ET Online