Leslie Grace is set to star in the upcoming DCEU film as the next coming of Batgirl, and a pretty major milestone was just crossed for the project. According to social media announcements by various people involved with Batgirl, the film has finished principal photography (that means they’re basically done filming unless a studio executive doesn’t like something and demands a reshoot). To celebrate, co-director Adil El Arbi posted a picture of himself, fellow co-director Bilall Fallah, and Grace on Instagram with a caption appreciating the cast and crew, a #batgirl, and of course, a bat emoji. Even more importantly, we got a clear view of Leslie Grace in full Batgirl costume wedged between the two filmmakers. Check it out here:
Batgirl is an upcoming installment of Warner Bros’ resurgent DCEU, which has a very full roster of comic book movies to be released in the next two years. After struggling to compete with Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe with a directly contrasting, very grim shared universe of films based on DC characters under the supervision of director Zack Snyder, Warner Bros has begun to find its footing. Rather than a single cohesive continuity, the DCEU films are increasingly spilling out over multiple projects that may or may not be related. Both Disney and Warner Bros are leaning heavily into the “multiverse” concept to allow for multiple versions of characters in films. Leslie Grace will be starring as the first version of Batgirl since Alicia Silverstone in the 1997 Joel Schumacher film Batman & Robin, though not as quite the same character.
In Batgirl, Leslie Grace will be playing more of a traditional incarnation of the character, being the daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon. That character will be played by J.K. Simmons, who previously portrayed the longtime Bat-ally in both versions of the Justice League movie. Jeffrey Wright also played a younger version of the character in Matt Reeves’ recent hit movie The Batman. Batgirl will also feature a returning Michael Keaton as Batman. Keaton has not portrayed the superhero since 1992’s Batman Returns, and is reportedly also reprising the role in the often-delayed, presumably upcoming film The Flash. That movie will also feature Ben Affleck in (maybe? possibly?) his last turn as Batman. And of course, Robert Pattinson is also playing Batman in the aforementioned Matt Reeves film. Like we said, they are really leaning into the multiverse thing.
Aside from Leslie Grace as the titular character, Batgirl will also star Brendan Fraser as the villainous Firefly. Fraser has had a recent revival in his career after a long period of obscurity, and starring in a DCEU film will undoubtedly do a lot to continue to endear him to fans. There is currently no word as to if and how Batgirl might be related to other DCEU projects, but pretty much anything is possible at this point. Seriously, if Alicia Silverstone shows up in a mirror for a second in the movie or something, we will not be surprised. But we will have to wait and see when Batgirl begins streaming on HBO Max sometime in 2022.