Batgirl Star Reveals Another Character For DC Film (But Not Nightwing)

Batgirl Star Reveals Another Character For DC Film (But Not Nightwing)

Leslie Grace offers up details about HBO Max’s upcoming Batgirl movie, revealing another character that, despite fan theories, is not Nightwing.

Batgirl star Leslie Grace reveals another character for the upcoming DC Extended Universe film and it’s not Dick Grayson’s Robin and/or Nightwing. Written by Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey) and directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Bad Boys for Life), Batgirl is set to release on HBO Max later this year. The film will see Grace (In the Heights) make her DCEU debut as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl as she combats Brendan Fraser’s Firefly, a serial arsonist who will presumably serve as the film’s main antagonist. Batgirl also stars J.K. Simmons as GCPD Commissioner Jim Gordon and Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman, reprising his role from Tim Burton’s movies of old.

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Many intriguing details have emerged during Batgirl’s production, including the fact that Keaton’s Caped Crusader had a Robin at some point. This has led to theories concerning Batgirl’s inclusion of Robin or Nightwing. While the latter character has had a prominent role in the HBO Max series Titans, Bruce Wayne’s former protégé has yet to make his DCEU debut. When it was announced that Bad Boys for Life star Jacob Scipio had been cast in Batgirl, many thought the 29-year-old actor might be playing Dick Grayson. Now, Grace has debunked that theory and revealed who he’s actually playing.

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In a recent interview with E! News, Grace talks about her upcoming role headlining Batgirl. In addition to sharing some details about her iteration of Barbara, she spills a bit about the supporting cast. According to Grace, Scipio will be playing mob boss Anthony Bressi and presumably joins Fraser’s Firefly as a secondary antagonist.

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In the comics, Bressi is simply a recurring crime boss and last appeared in 2003’s Batgirl Year One #7. That said, Grace’s supposed debunking doesn’t necessarily rule out Nightwing appearing in Batgirl or even the idea of Scipio playing him. When Barry Keoghan joined The Batman in 2020, Warner Bros. “confirmed” his character to be GCPD officer Stanley Merkel, which ultimately proved to be a misdirect as he was actually playing the Joker. This is not to say that Grace is using a similar tactic, but there is a precedent for at least a Nightwing Easter egg in Batgirl. Barbara and Dick have a watershed relationship in both the comics and on Titans, and it would be a shame not to include that dynamic in the DCEU. Furthermore, rumors of a Nightwing movie being in development continue to swirl.

With Ben Affleck potentially hanging up his cape and Keaton being reintroduced in The Flash, Batgirl’s titular character may become the DCEU’s go-to Bat-hero. On top of that, Batgirl is the first-ever live-action feature to focus on Barbara Gordon. So, there’s an understandable amount of pressure to do the character, her rogues’ gallery, and supporting characters justice. Batgirl is currently scheduled to release on HBO Max later this year. However, the film and its many reveals could be delayed following The Flash’s release date being pushed to 2023.

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Source: E! News

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