After recent reports, given dangerously close to April Fools’ Day, have indicated that DC character Batgirl will be getting her own movie, one of the first follow-up questions has to be which version of the character; the other question, which we may now have an answer to, is who will don the outfit. Information surrounding the Joss Whedon-helmed project already seems to have manifested some clues as to who will play some version of Batgirl.
The current best-guess as to who will feel the boots of Barbara, Betty, Cassandra or Stephanie-likely Barbara Gordon, seems to indicate that Lindsey Morgan is a strong candidate. Morgan is known for her “The 100” role of Raven Reyes. The impetus for the consideration of Morgan comes from analysis of her Twitter account in early March; one of her tweets indicated that she was dealing with a succession of new experiences in New York that included a audition and other tweets have shown her to re-tweet anything surrounding the idea of a Batgirl film and the possibility of being cast as the vigilante daughter of Commissioner Gordon.
Morgan’s promotional tweets are nothing new to the industry and more than a few actors have taken a similar approach to desired roles, most of which result in nothing but noise. Sadly, the entire matter is up for conjecture due to the lack of any official comment from Warner Brothers.
Speaking to Morgan’s ability to tackle the role, she has her experience as Raven to show that she can play a character that mingles strength with vulnerabilities and compassion without being clueless. Her Instagram account also shows that she keeps a regular fitness regimen to stay in the sort of shape that your average human crime-fighter would need to maintain.
Time is one of the biggest factors in these sorts of discussions. News of a Batgirl film project is incredibly fresh and new and the vagueness of what has been officially disclosed is so open-ended that the end result could be a television program about the character, further adding to DC’s cluster of superhero shows on The CW.
According to ScreenRant.com, Joss Whedon is getting set to write and direct a Batgirl film set in the DC Extended Universe. The writer/director’s last entry in the comic book-based film universe was Avengers: Age of Ultron for the DCEU’s super rival, Marvel (and parent company Disney).
The DCEU is a Warner Bros. property. Whedon will also produce the solo Batgirl movie, which doesn’t have a confirmed title yet.
Variety notes that although Batgirl is one of the world’s most popular superheroes, the character has never had her own solo movie. According to her official DC Comics webpage, the original Batgirl made her debut in Batman #139 in 1961. Her powers are described as “combat strategy, advanced technology,” and exceptional martial arts skills.
Batgirl and her secret identity Barbara Gordon haven’t yet been introduced in the DCEU. Nor has Gordon’s father Commissioner James Gordon, although he will appear in the Justice League film, scheduled to come out on November 17, 2017.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Joss Whedon’s take on Batgirl will be inspired by New 52 Batgirl. That comics timeline, written by Gail Simone, has Barbara Gordon recovering from the spinal cord injury inflicted by The Joker that had her confined to a wheelchair and fighting crime as super-hacker Oracle. Simone’s Batgirl owes her recovery to an experimental surgery and struggles with the trauma she incurred at the Joker’s hands.
Interesting to note: In 1999, Gail Simone founded the WomenInRefrigerators website to draw attention to the suffering of fictional female characters, often to advance the plotlines of their male counterparts. Batgirl is on the character list. Whedon, meanwhile, is notorious for killing off fan-favorite characters. It remains to be seen how much of Simone’s New 52 storylines will influence Whedon’s Batgirl screenplay.
Joss Whedon’s last project, in 2016, was the “Save the Day” series of political ads. The ads urged voters to overcome their indifference and vote in the November 2016 election cycle.
No star of the Batgirl project has yet been announced. In the meantime, fans of strong female leads in comic book movies can look forward to the premiere of Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017.