Earlier in the year, it was announced that Avengers: Age of Ultron director, Joss Whedon had been hired by Warner Brothers to direct a film centred on DC heroine Batgirl. With the character yet to appear in the universe, talk has now turned as to who will be taking on the role in the series.
However, if a recent leaked shortlist is anything to go by – we may have an idea as to who is in the running. Read on to find out more.
The shortlist, which was first posted to /r/DCEULeaks has revealed that the studio is looking at star of 13 Reasons Why, Katherine Langford for the role of Barbara Gordon, even going so far as to list her as the favorite.
The poster goes on to list Elle Fanning, Jane Levy and Margaret Qualley as the next names in line should Langford not take the gig. You can check out the full list below:
* Elle Fanning (Neon Demon/Live By Night)
* Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel)
* Bella Thorne (Shake It Up!)
* Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why)
* Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers)
* Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe)
* Emma Roberts (Scream Queens)
* Haley Lu Richardson (Split/Edge Of Seventeen)
* Naomi Scott (Power Rangers)
Whilst this list should obviously be taken with a grain of salt, the poster does explain that he received the information from an acquaintance who was approached to work on an art book for the film and that the studio is hoping to finalize a deal for an announcement at Comic Con this month.
In terms of the actresses listed, it definitely matches up to the rumors that Whedon is looking for an unknown actress for the role, although it also seems a bit strange that they are looking to cast a relatively young actress, given that Ben Affleck’s Batman has been characterized as being a more weathered and grizzled warrior in this universe.
It’s also been rumored that The DCEU’s next film to go into production (along with Justice League Dark) could actually be Batgirl:
“Warners execs also may have been a bit unprepared for the level of success and acclaim Wonder Woman has achieved; initial tracking reports predicted Jenkins’ $150 million-budgeted film would open to about $65 million domestic, solid but hardly a reason to begin planning a long-range strategy. And the studio had been focusing on putting together Justice League Dark, a supernatural team-up project, and Batgirl, a Joss Whedon-helmed film (among other Bat-offerings), as the likely next movies to go into production in the DC Comics universe.”
Hopefully, we will see an official announcement on both the cast and the release date at this year’s Comic Con when it hits later this month.
What do you think? Which of these choices would you like to see in the role? Are you excited for the film? Let us know below!
Source: Reddit (via ScreenRant)