The DC Extended Universe is…extending, and it is tough to tell who is going to pop up in the company’s big-screen continuity next. However, if a new rumor is to be believed, then a fan-favorite actress may be playing a fan-favorite member of the Bat-family.
Gossip writer Daniel Richtman brings word that Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown has been in talks with Warner Bros. to be the new Batgirl. If this turns out to be true, it will be huge news. Brown is an incredibly popular actress and, on the business side of Hollywood, is one of the most in-demand stars in the industry. But as exciting as this is, please keep in mind that this is merely a rumor at this point and should be taken with a grain-or a heap-of salt.
Created by Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff in 1961, the name “Batgirl” first appeared in Batman #139. It was originally Betty Kane who was introduced as Batgirl, but in 1967, writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino replaced her with Barbara Gordon, the daughter of fan-favorite police commissioner James Gordon. Betty, meanwhile, underwent a slight name change (now spelled Bette) and became Flamebird.
Millie Bobby Brown is perhaps best known for playing Eleven in Netflix’s mega-hit Stranger Things, but she has also been in a number of other high-profile projects that may interest you. She starred opposite Henry Cavill in Netflix’s Enola Holmes and is set to appear in next week’s monstrous blockbuster Godzilla vs. Kong.
If Millie Bobby Brown does end up portraying Batgirl/Barbara Gordon in an upcoming DC project, it will be interesting to see what she brings to the role. She would be a much younger version of the character, one far closer to the college-age Barbara featured in the animated Harley Quinn series than to Alicia Silverstone’s Batgirl of Batman and Robin fame. That would be a cool direction in which to take the character, and I hope that rules out a transformation into Oracle. Comic fans know how horrific that experience was—and still is—and hopefully DC doesn’t go that dark with its live-action superhero movies.
Again, this is merely a rumor at this point so take that as you will. Also, even if it were true, it would not necessarily mean that Millie Bobby Brown has nabbed the role. The rumor simply says she is “in talks” to play the character, which means she is simply discussing the role. Nothing is set in stone until the studio says so, and even that is subject to change. Take Michael Keaton walking back his confirmation that he would be Batman in the upcoming The Flash.
Given the fact that Millie Bobbie Brown is just now sitting down with Warner Bros., she probably won’t appear in Matt Reeves’s The Batman, which is currently filming and will hit theaters next year. It is possible that this rumor could have been leaked to fool us and leave an even bigger surprise for later, but that is not likely.
Until we have confirmation one way or another, keep your eyes peeled for any updates on Millie Bobby Brown’s potential casting!