We've reported, for some time, that Jena Malone was cast as Barbara Gordon in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. We've also discussed the fact that her work was cut from the theatrical version of the film. Since Barbara, daughter of Commissioner Gordon, is known for becoming both Batgirl and eventually Oracle in the books, there's been some question as to how she was actually going to be used in the film.
A film blogger by the name of AL Gorosito is now reporting that it's very impossible that not only was she slated to appear in her Batgirl form in the film, but that she actually was in the movie- hidden in plain sight, right under our noses. One of his readers sent in the following photo, which purports to show Batgirl fighting alongside Ben Affleck's Dark Knight in the BATMAN V SUPERMAN's "Knightmare" sequence:
As you can see, in the lower right corner of each of those stills, there appears to be someone with long hair, holding a gun, fighting alongside Batman. Could that be her?
It should be noted that that Gorosito keeps referring to her as Batwoman, but that seems unlikely, since Barbara Gordon never takes on that alter ego. Batwoman has always been Katherine Kane, while we've already confirmed that Malone is playing Gordon- who's tied exclusively to Batgirl/Oracle.
So that's possibly a neat little easter egg that was once originally part of something bigger. We know the film was cut down significantly in the months leading to its release. Editor David Brenner recently answered some questions about the editing process, which shed some light on how the film went from four hours to the two and a half hours we eventually got, and also why certain plot lines and characters had to be squeezed out of the final cut.
"In the script there were more story lines than you see in the movie today. That was probably our biggest editorial issue in trying to get the cut down to a reasonable length. For us, the trickiest section was the beginning of the film, until the point where Bruce Wayne tells Alfred the truth about what is on the “White Portugese” ship… the truth about his plan. This moment set into motion everything until the end of the film really. Until that point the movie was always tracking many solo paths, some intersecting, some not. Finally in this scene, the paths fork into one road. In the script there are more subplots than you see in the movie right now. Also in terms of building this beginning we had to move things around. In the script, Lex was introduced much later, but we found that in watching the movie – because he’s such an important player, it was best to set him up sooner. Plus, his presence has so much energy, a twisted comic energy that boosted the film. Generally, BvS was a unique challenge in that we had not one but two protagonists, each with an alter-ego. So there was Clark Kent, Superman, Bruce Wayne and Batman. And then surrounding them are Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Wallace Keefe (the guy who loses his legs when Wayne Tower falls), Perry White, Martha Kent, Holly Hunter’s character (Senator Finch), and still more characters orbiting them."
That's what Brenner told Pro Video Coalition. He went on to how many elements he was forced to juggle to try and make the film work:
"It was a lot to juggle. So the plot lines of a couple characters had to go. These people are currently in the movie but we don’t track them, and it’s okay. What’s kind of fun is that we went back and did an extended cut where we put a lot of this stuff back, and we refined it into the same rhythm as the theatrical release. So what was once a nearly four hour cut with absolutely everything was ridiculous – ended up being about a three hour cut, once all these added storylines were refined with the fat was cut out."
There, Brenner references the three hour cut we keep hearing so much about. That version will be available on blu-ray when BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE gets a home release.
What do you think of these tidbits? Think that was Jena Malone's Batgirl sneaking into the movie? Think Brenner did a good job editing the film? Discuss!