‘Batgirl’ Movie: ‘In the Heights’ Star Leslie Grace Cast as Barbara Gordon in DC Film

The search for Batgirl appears to be over.

Leslie Grace, who recently broke out in musical In the Heights, has landed the lead role in the Warner Bros. and DC Films Batgirl movie. Grace will be playing DC character Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Commissioner Gordon, who made her comic book debut in 1967 and was first portrayed on screen – the very same year – by actress Yvonne Craig in the Adam West-starring Batman series.

Both Deadline and THR confirmed Grace’s casting, reporting that the Afro-Latina star’s strong audition scored her the role, beating out a number of fellow contenders that included Isabella Merced (Dora and the Lost City of Gold), Zoey Deutch (Zombieland: Double Tap) and Haley Lu Richardson (Five Feet Apart).

Batgirl will be directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who previously directed Bad Boys for Life and Belgium films Gangsta, Black and Image. The pair have also directed the first episode of upcoming Disney+ series Ms. Marvel. Batgirl‘s screenplay comes from Christina Hodson, the Bumblebee screenwriter who also wrote previous DC entry Birds of Prey and upcoming DC film The Flash.

Joss Whedon (Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Justice League) was previously attached to Batgirl, signing on to direct, write and produce in 2017. He left the project the following year.

In the US, Batgirl will be heading to streaming service HBO Max. There’s no official release date for the film, although a 2023 release was previously announced by the studio. Stay tuned as this one comes together…

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