On the heels of DC Films’ announcement of a Batgirl movie, rumors have been circulating that Lindsey Morgan will be playing the starring role. Known for her performance as “Raven Reyes” on The CW’s The 100. Although it’s not a sure-fire pick for the upcoming movie, her twitter account continuously retweets messages regarding the choice.
Although, it’s not fully known if this film will be part of the burgeoning DC film universe, but it has been announced at the same time as a Nightwing film. Releasing live action versions of Batman’s supporting characters is not unprecedented in recent years. FOX’s prime time show Gotham has been a big success for the network and introduced a number of characters to the average viewer’s lexicon.
Warner Brothers, DC’s parent company, is seeking Joss Whedon to write and direct this latest superhero outing. Since he’s had ample comic book film experience, Whedon’s addition is being looked at because of his commercial successes. He took the helm on Marvel’s The Avengers, but fans are hoping it will be another along the lines of Buffy the Vampire Slayer – a tough, acrobatic girl who is also naive and adventurous.
Whedon is believed to bring one major thing that he’s well-known for, namely a sense of humor to the situations. Batgirl can add a bit of the fun that has lacked in DC’s film universe to date. Due to the timing, it may also cross over with the Nightwing film, since both characters are very tightly-knit in the comic books.
The real question thus far for fans of the character is how they intend to present her. The character started in the comic books in 1961 but became a household name due to her addition for the final season of the Batman television series in 1967 as portrayed by Yvonne Craig. She later ended up paralyzed by the Joker and took up the mantle of Oracle, a computer hacker and spy. The comics returned to her roots in the late 1990s and 2000s. While most are convinced that the Barbara Gordan version of the character will be represented as a way to tie it into the current films.
The D.C. Extended Universe features a number of lesser-known heroes soon to make a big splash on the big screen. And then there are iconic characters that everyone knows and loves. Heroes such as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are always going to be prominently featured. The news of a Batgirl film should raise eyebrows. The character is known to many thanks to the incredible performance by Yvonne Craig in the 1960’s.
Batgirl absolutely deserves her own film. In the near future, she is going to get one. Maybe Batgirl can provide the spark capable of extended the Batman franchise. The publication history of Batman comics is loaded with a number of outstanding characters. Many should be able to do well in their own features.
Batgirl has a track record of success. The only reason the 1960’s Batman TV series was renewed for a third season was due to the introduction of Batgirl. Millions of people have fond memories of Craig’s portrayal of the heroine. Those memories may translate into enthusiasm for a Batgirl feature.
D.C. Comics and Warner Bros. want to succeed where Sony faltered with the Spider-Man franchise. Sony wanted a host of Spider-Man spinoff projects including Venom, The Sinister Six, Black Cat, and even a bizarre Aunt May spy film. When Amazing Spider-Man 2 underperformed, the plans were scrapped.
The massive popularity of Harley Quinn shows Batman characters can carry films. This is why Harley Quinn is getting her own standalone film and will appear with other Batman characters in Gotham City Sirens.
The adult Dick Grayson drops his Robin persona to become Nightwing, another Batman character getting a film. Nightwing may need to be introduced in The Batman film or another project since the character is not known to many non-readers of D.C.’s comic books.
Strangely, as plans for the expansion of the Batman franchise role forward, the solo project dubbed The Batman is going through a page-one rewrite. That means the screenplay is being scrapped and a new one being written. The production start has been delayed.
Let’s all hope every Batman and Batman-inspired movie is worth the wait.