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Cast This: Batgirl

04.12.2017

The number of big-screen adaptations of DC Comics superheroes continues to grow... even if the actors who will portray many of them remains a mystery.

Batgirl now joins the list of as-yet-uncast DC characters that also includes Nightwing, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Hal Jordan and John Stewart of the Green Lantern Corps. It was recently announced that "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator and former Marvel movie director Joss Whedon is jumping to the DC universe to write, direct and produce a BATGIRL solo adventure.

After a previous comic character of the same name was introduced and quickly eliminated in the early 1960s, the more popular version of Batgirl was initially brought to the pages as an attempt to cross-promote the Adam West "Batman" TV series (where she was memorably played by Yvonne Craig). Barbara Gordon, the daughter of police commissioner Jim Gordon, slipped on her own superhero outfit as Batgirl to battle crime alongside Batman and Robin for two decades worth of comics.

And then in the acclaimed 1988 one-shot comic story "Batman: The Killing Joke", Barbara is shot by the Joker and left paralyzed, ending her days as Batgirl. Confined to a wheelchair, she takes on the alias of Oracle and uses her computer skills (and photographic memory) to provide information and support to the Dark Knight and his colleagues.

While other characters have worn the cowl during various comic stories (including former assassin Cassandra Cain), and Alicia Silverstone portrayed the character in director Joel Schumacher's scorned BATMAN & ROBIN, Whedon's upcoming movie version of the character will reportedly draw inspiration from the revamped "New 52" rendition of Batgirl.

Writer Gail Simone's comic update features Barbara suffering the same injury from the Joker and spending time as Oracle, but ultimately recovering and returning to her costumed crimefighting capacity. While dealing with some of Batman's enemies and a rogues gallery of her own, she contends with PTSD and the attention that her vigilante activities attract from the law -- including her own father.

So who will join Ben Affleck's Batman and the still-uncast Nightwing as part of the live-action Bat-family?

It's tough to tell what age range will be sought for the new leading lady (in theory, the movie could be a prequel), but mid-20s seems like a good guess. Her cinematic dad's a bit on the older side -- she's the daughter of Commissioner Gordon, played in JUSTICE LEAGUE by 62-year-old J.K. Simmons -- but Batgirl also probably shouldn't be old enough that the "girl" part of her identity feels ironic.

Emma Roberts ("Scream Queens", MEET THE MILLERS) or Jane Levy (DON'T BREATHE, EVIL DEAD) fit that range, and seem like they could be competent at kicking criminal butt while delivering Whedon's signature snark. If they cast on the younger end of the spectrum, Hailee Steinfeld could also handle herself in a starring role.

Let us know below who you think would make an amazing Batgirl!

For the previous Cast This column, the call went out for a new Snake Plissken in the proposed remake of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. A sequel with original star Kurt Russell is what most fans want (although the suggestion of his son Wyatt Russell taking over is an inspired idea), but the favorites to wear the eye-patch in a reboot were:

1. Karl Urban  2. Jeremy Renner  3. Travis Fimmel ("Vikings")

Source: JoBlo.com

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1:43PM on 04/13/2017

Karen Gillan

All the way.
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7:07AM on 04/13/2017
Moretz. Imagine ten years ago though, Whedon would've had Summer Glau or Duschku in this. Glau would've been so good
Moretz. Imagine ten years ago though, Whedon would've had Summer Glau or Duschku in this. Glau would've been so good
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3:17AM on 04/16/2017
Yes, Glau would've been perfect.
Yes, Glau would've been perfect.
3:17AM on 04/16/2017
Yes, Glau would've been perfect.
Yes, Glau would've been perfect.
10:03PM on 04/12/2017

Maddie Ziegler

She's already an athlete and she did alright in The Book Of Henry trailer. She can handle the stunts and she won't be an old woman when this is ready to shoot.
She's already an athlete and she did alright in The Book Of Henry trailer. She can handle the stunts and she won't be an old woman when this is ready to shoot.
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9:16PM on 04/12/2017

Top Choices As Follows....

Bryce Dallas Howard, Jane Levy, Emma Stone, Anna Kendrick, Emma Roberts, Emma Watson, Hailee Steinfeld, or Chloe-Moretz Grace.
Bryce Dallas Howard, Jane Levy, Emma Stone, Anna Kendrick, Emma Roberts, Emma Watson, Hailee Steinfeld, or Chloe-Moretz Grace.
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9:30PM on 04/12/2017
Save Anna Kendrick for Carrie Kelly as the first female Robin. But then again, I would have no qualms with her being cast as Batgirl as well.
Save Anna Kendrick for Carrie Kelly as the first female Robin. But then again, I would have no qualms with her being cast as Batgirl as well.
9:30PM on 04/12/2017
Save Anna Kendrick for Carrie Kelly as the first female Robin. But then again, I would have no qualms with her being cast as Batgirl as well.
Save Anna Kendrick for Carrie Kelly as the first female Robin. But then again, I would have no qualms with her being cast as Batgirl as well.
6:49PM on 04/12/2017
Of the three named in the list - Jane Levy.
But I'm offering my own suggestion - Alison Brie.
(but I do like other people's suggestions of Mary Elizabeth Winstead)
Of the three named in the list - Jane Levy.
But I'm offering my own suggestion - Alison Brie.
(but I do like other people's suggestions of Mary Elizabeth Winstead)
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5:55PM on 04/12/2017
I think they should go older like Amy Acker from Cabin In The Woods. An older batman should have an older Batgirl. And JK Simmons is way too old to play Emma Roberts or Hailee Steinfeilds father. Maybe grandfather but not father.
I think they should go older like Amy Acker from Cabin In The Woods. An older batman should have an older Batgirl. And JK Simmons is way too old to play Emma Roberts or Hailee Steinfeilds father. Maybe grandfather but not father.
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7:08PM on 04/12/2017
Roberts is 27, so Simmons would have been 35 when she was born. That's "way too old" to have children?
Roberts is 27, so Simmons would have been 35 when she was born. That's "way too old" to have children?
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5:44PM on 04/12/2017
Zoey Deutch (Everybody Wants Some) gets my vote, and I'm guessing that someone in the 18-25 range is what we're looking at so that they can have her play the character for a decade in any number of other films and still fit the age range (as the article point out referring to a 42 year old actress as Batgirl might feel a little condescending). If they do go with someone over 25, my picks would be Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Evan Rachel Wood, or Danielle Panabaker in that order (even though I know
Zoey Deutch (Everybody Wants Some) gets my vote, and I'm guessing that someone in the 18-25 range is what we're looking at so that they can have her play the character for a decade in any number of other films and still fit the age range (as the article point out referring to a 42 year old actress as Batgirl might feel a little condescending). If they do go with someone over 25, my picks would be Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Evan Rachel Wood, or Danielle Panabaker in that order (even though I know that last one has absolutely zero chance of happening).
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5:35PM on 04/12/2017
Jane Levy
Jane Levy
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2:00PM on 04/12/2017
Jane Levy
Jane Levy
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1:43PM on 04/12/2017
Elisabeth Moss.
Elisabeth Moss.
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1:10PM on 04/12/2017
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
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12:38PM on 04/12/2017
I wonder what Summer Glau is up to nowadays? She'd be ok and seems age appropriate next to JK Simmons' Gordon.

Or if Kiersey Clemons wasn't already Iris West in the upcoming JL movie she'd be perfect and YES, she's mixed-race so it might give both her & Gordon some kind of "depth" when it comes to their relationship (think, Jeff Goldblum in Lost World)
I wonder what Summer Glau is up to nowadays? She'd be ok and seems age appropriate next to JK Simmons' Gordon.

Or if Kiersey Clemons wasn't already Iris West in the upcoming JL movie she'd be perfect and YES, she's mixed-race so it might give both her & Gordon some kind of "depth" when it comes to their relationship (think, Jeff Goldblum in Lost World)
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5:22PM on 04/12/2017
Man oh man am I still disappointed that Glau's career didn't take off [link] She's 35 now, probably a little old for the role especially if its going to be an ongoing one. Like the article says, we don't want the "girl" part of the name to feel too ironic.
Man oh man am I still disappointed that Glau's career didn't take off [link] She's 35 now, probably a little old for the role especially if its going to be an ongoing one. Like the article says, we don't want the "girl" part of the name to feel too ironic.
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12:17PM on 04/12/2017
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11:23AM on 04/12/2017
I'd have to say Jane Levy. She's got everything the character needs, the right physicality for the role, she's good at playing the thoughtful and also spunky girl, and the red hair is an added bonus.
If she doesn't have the right star power DC is going for, then Emma Roberts is a good second pick.
I'd have to say Jane Levy. She's got everything the character needs, the right physicality for the role, she's good at playing the thoughtful and also spunky girl, and the red hair is an added bonus.
If she doesn't have the right star power DC is going for, then Emma Roberts is a good second pick.
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10:50AM on 04/12/2017
Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
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10:39AM on 04/12/2017

Levy

1.levy 2.steinfeld 3. Roberts
1.levy 2.steinfeld 3. Roberts
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10:16AM on 04/12/2017

Levy all the way

Jane Levy or GTFO!!!!
Jane Levy or GTFO!!!!
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10:15AM on 04/12/2017

This will depend largely on whether this is a prequel or sequel to Batman v Superman...

If they stick with the current timeline, Batgirl needs to be in her early to late thirties. So, I think the casting picks here are too young. I would look at Bryce Dallas Howard for this even though she also is in consideration for Poison Ivy. I'd also look at Scarlett if she is able to do both universes. If its a prequel, or if its a Batgirl thats not Barbara Gordon, I would then look at someone like Jane Levy or maybe Chloe Grace Moretz in Hit Girl 2.0.
If they stick with the current timeline, Batgirl needs to be in her early to late thirties. So, I think the casting picks here are too young. I would look at Bryce Dallas Howard for this even though she also is in consideration for Poison Ivy. I'd also look at Scarlett if she is able to do both universes. If its a prequel, or if its a Batgirl thats not Barbara Gordon, I would then look at someone like Jane Levy or maybe Chloe Grace Moretz in Hit Girl 2.0.
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