Batgirl: List of Talent Testing for Barbara Gordon Revealed

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Casting is underway for Warner Bros. and DC’s upcoming Batgirl solo film, with the team getting ready to test several actors for the lead role of Barbara Gordon as early as this week.

According to Deadline, several actors are getting ready to test for the role of Batgirl though the exact list is still being finalized. Some of the actors gearing up for the cowl include Isabela Merced (Dora and the Lost City fo Gold), Zoey Deutch (Zombieland: Double Tap), and Leslie Grace (In the Heights).

Others, like Haley Lu Richardson (Split), have reportedly bowed out of the testing process already.

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Batgirl is an upcoming DC film based on the Barbara Gordon incarnation of the superhero. In 2017, Joss Whedon was tapped to write and direct the film for Warner Bros. before leaving the project in 2018.

WB has now hired the directing duo of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the team that helmed Bad Boys for Life, to direct the upcoming movie based on a script by Christina Hodson. El Arbi and Fallah are also executive producers on the upcoming Ms. Marvel show for Disney Plus.

Batgirl, along with a DC film based on Static Shock, are reportedly set to premiere as HBO Max exclusives, though it’s unclear if this means it will skip a theatrical release as a result. However, Batgirl and Static Shock have been described as “riskier” movies according to DC Films president Walter Hamada.

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It’s unknown if Batgirl will crossover with the upcoming Batman film starring Robert Pattinson, or maybe even an appearance with The Flash’s Supergirl, given DC’s strategy of only have a couple of movies crossover with one another. Compare that to Marvel’s all-encompassing MCU master plan.

For the next big DC film event, check out IGN’s coverage of the upcoming Suicide Squad from James Gunn.

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Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor.

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