Not sure what it is in Hollywood but geezus do this people hate redheads. Maybe the ginger color just doesn’t look good on camera to most producers and directors. Either way, the HBO Max Batgirl film has cast a Latina or sorry…LATINX actress with “In The Heights” Star, Leslie Grace. I’m sorry all the tens of people who saw that movie are jumping up for joy.
There was a plethora of amazing actress who would have worked and LOOKED THE PART, but we gotta be woke still so the one overzealous woke person who won’t pay to see this movie or stream it can tweet “Diversity.”
Bad Boys for Life filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are directing Batgirl, from a script by Christina Hodson, the DC mainstay behind Birds of Prey and the upcoming The Flash. Kristin Burr is producing.
In addition to acting, Grace has made a name for herself in the world of music, receiving three Latin Grammy Award nominations. The DC Universe has cast three Latina actresses in key film roles this year, with Grace, who is Dominican American, joining Sasha Calle (Supergirl in The Flash) and Rachel Zegler (a mystery role in Shazam! Fury of the Gods).
I am all for diversity but I am also all for casting people who fit the role. Random race changing of characters screams of race baiting and ultimately always blows up in the face of the studio.
Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham police commissioner Jim Gordon, is the most famous version of Batgirl, who has had multiple characters don the cape and cowl. Batgirl originated in 1961 as Betty Kane, with the character revamped in 1967 for the Batman TV series for its third season, when network executives wanted to attract a female audience to the series. Yvonne Craig played the character on the ’60s TV show, with Alicia Silverstone playing her in Joel Schumacher’s 1997 movie Batman & Robin.
The Batgirl film has been in development for several years, with Joss Whedon signing a deal to write and direct in 2017, and dropping out a year later.
Batgirl does not have a release date, but Warners has previously indicated it will likely bow on HBO Max in 2023.
So there is still time for this film to hopefully fall apart.