One of the surprise additions to the DCEU was Batgirl, and even more of a surprise was the director who will be at the helm. None other than the director for Marvel’s film Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon. With that being said USA TODAY caught up with the director at the World Premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, where he talked about what he is looking for in casting Barbara Gordon.
“What I’m looking for in a Batgirl is probably somebody new,” Whedon told them on the red carpet. “Somebody who is willing to go the distance. It is going to be hard. I want somebody who’s going to get in the trenches with me.”
“I know what she looks like in the comic books,” Whedon said. “We’ll deviate if the right person is different. We haven’t even begun the conversation, but it’s about the spirit she exudes, not exactly what she looks like.”
We know that Weldon is looking towards the New 52 version of Batgirl for his film. During this time she has recovered from her spinal injury caused by the Joker in Alan Moore’s graphic novel The Killing Joke. A story that was supposed to be placed outside of DC Comics or, elseworld story, but then was added to the character’s continuity. During the time she was paralyzed she was known as Oracle a super hacker who assisted Batman. The New 52 has her back in action although haunted by her painful and traumatic experience.
I also hope that they cast someone new to the acting scene for the film. Sometimes it is hard for an established actor/actress to fully come across as a certain characters to audiences becaues of previous roles they have portrayed. For example, Will Smith as Deadshot. He is a good actor but I was still having flashbacks of Men In Black and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It seems Whedon wants to be able to mold his choice into his interpretation Barbara Gordon, not the other way around
I find myself very optimistic about this film and I find it interesting that he is taking this version of the character to the big screen because of her controversial past. Will they have a flashback moment to when she was paralyzed? If so then will we have a Jared Leto cameo? How much of Batman or the rest of the Bat-family will be see on screen? Being that it’s so early there are so many questions the Riddler would be proud. Is there a particular actress you would like to see or would you prefer a new face?
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Source: USA TODAY