After being cast in the upcoming Batgirl movie as Barbara Gordon, In the Heights star Leslie Grace shares her elated reaction on Twitter.
Leslie Grace shares her excited reaction to recently being cast in the Batgirl movie. Talks of a Batgirl movie from Warner Bros. started to take off in 2016 when The Avengers and Justice League re-shoots director, Joss Whedon, was brought on board. Whedon then left the project in 2018 and has since become a very controversial figure. Birds of Prey scribe, Christina Hodson, was subsequently brought on to write the script, followed by Bad Boys for Life helmers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah joining Batgirl as directors.
DC’s comics originally introduced Batgirl as the alter ego of Betty Kane in 1961, though Barbara Gordon, the daughter of the Gotham City Commissioner, is now the more popular iteration of the character. She first appeared in live-action on the Adam West-led Batman series in 1967, portrayed by Yvonne Craig. The latest live-action portrayal of Batgirl was by Alicia Silverstone in the much-maligned Batman & Robin movie, though she has remained a fan-favorite character since. As announced recently, In the Heights star Leslie Grace will be the next to don the cape and cowl as Batgirl.
Now, Grace is expressing her excitement about being cast in the upcoming Batgirl movie. In a tweet, the In the Heights actress says she is “beyond excited” to get the chance to embody Barbara Gordon in the upcoming film. Grace also thanked DC for casting her and said she’s prepared to give the role everything she has. Check out her tweet below:
I am BEYOND EXCITED to embody Barbara Gordon, your #Batgirl ! I cannot believeeee what I’m writing rn… THANK YOU DC for welcoming to the family! I’m ready to give her all I’ve got! 🦇💜✨ https://t.co/muq9GuVVk6
— Leslie Grace (@lesliegrace) July 21, 2021
After rumors indicated that Kristen Stewart was the studio’s first choice to play Batgirl, the shortlist was revealed to include Zoey Deutch, Isabella Merced, and Haley Lu Richardson, all of whom Grace beat out for the role. DC and Warner Bros. are likely equally as excited as Grace about the casting, as she is an incredibly talented performer with multiple Latin Grammy Award nominations. Though she has only one film credit to her name, it was a memorable one as Nina Rosario in the recent adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical, In the Heights.
As the first female-led superhero movie in the DCEU after the Wonder Woman movies, there is a lot of excitement surrounding the upcoming Batgirl movie. That excitement was tapered a bit when it was announced that Batgirl would be skipping theaters and heading straight to HBO Max. This recent casting announcement will likely bring anticipation back up. Now, be on the lookout for how the rest of the Batgirl cast comes together around Grace in the coming months.
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DC’s Batgirl Movie Casts In the Heights Star As Barbara Gordon
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