Warner Bros and DC Films have found their Batgirl in singer-actor Leslie Grace, Deadline reported. Leslie recently found fame and acclaim for her performance in her debut film In the Heights, a Jon M. Chu-directed adaptation of the musical of the same name.
Isabella Merced, Zoey Deutch and Haley Lu Richardson were also in the running for the role.
Grace expressed joy for getting the part. On Twitter, she wrote: “I’m beyond EXCITED to embody Barbara Gordon, your #Batgirl! I can’t believe what I’m writing rn… THANK YOU DC for welcoming me into the family! I’m ready to give her everything give what I have!”
I’m EXCITED to embody Barbara Gordon, your #Batgirl! I can’t believe what I’m writing rn… THANK YOU DC for welcoming me to the family! I’m ready to give her everything I’ve got! 🦇💜✨ https://t.co/muq9GuVVk6
— Leslie Grace (@lesliegrace) July 21, 2021
Batgirl, directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, known for 2020’s Bad Boys for Life, has had a rough road to production. At one point, Joss Whedon, who retired the DC team-up Justice League in 2017, was attached to directing. But he resigned for reasons that were not made public.
Batgirl was also supposed to appear in the Birds of Prey movie, as she is an important part of the team, but later got her own movie.
Christina Hodson, known for writing the 2016 psychological thriller Shut In and Transformer spin-off Bumblebee, wrote the script.
There have been many Batgirls in DC Comics history, but the most famous is Barbara Gordon, daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon. Deadline reports that the film will be based on this version.
It is not yet known whether Batman or other DC superheroes will make their appearance.