Warner Bros. found her Batgirl in In the heights star Leslie Grace, according to a report from Deadline. The 26-year-old actress will play Barbara Gordon and her superhero alter ego in the upcoming HBO Max movie.
While we don’t know much about the story, we do know that this film will focus on the Barbara Gordon version of the character rather than one of the other Batgirls who took over the hood in the comics. This means that Batgirl will be the daughter (or niece, depending on which part of the sequel you shoot from) of Police Commissioner Jim Gordon, who has yet to be cast in this movie. Gordon last appeared in a DC Comics film played by JK Simmons in Justice League and is played by Jeffrey Wright in the upcoming The batman.
While we don’t know the plot of the film, we do know some of the creative talents behind the camera. Bat girl will be directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the director duo behind Bad boys for life. The film will be written by Cristina Hodson, who also wrote Bumblebee, Birds of prey, and the next one Flash.
According to a number of reports, Grace has beaten up other actresses, including Isabella Merced (Sicario: Day of the Soldado), Zoey Deutsch (Zombieland: double tap) and Haley Lu Richardson (Support girls), but according to Deadline, it was his performance in this summer’s musical blockbuster In the heights which helped her get the role.
There is no word yet on when Bat girl will be released, but when it does, it should air on HBO Max, rather than hit theaters.