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After what feels like forever, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice finally hits theaters in just a few weeks. In addition to the two superheroes of the title, we’ll see a ton of other characters. Wonder Woman plays a big part, Aquaman and Cyborg will show up, and we just learned how we’ll meet the movie version of the Flash. Still, for all that we know, there’s a lot we don’t. One of the biggest mysteries was who Jena Malone plays. There have been a number of whispers and rumors, but as it turns out, all of those are totally erroneous, as her character has reportedly been cut out of the film entirely.
The new issue of Entertainment Weekly has an in depth cover story about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice that features all kinds of goodies and information about the superhero throwdown. In the midst of all of the news and reveals, there’s a single sentence that talks about Jena Malone’s secret character, though all it really says about her is that she has been cut from the theatrical release.
Because it specifically says she has been excised from the theatrical version of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, some presume that this means she will show up in the extended, reportedly R-rated cut of the film that will be released on Blu-ray and home video.
If she has a small role, which it seems like she did, it makes sense they would cut Jena Malone out of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The run time is reportedly 151 minutes, and from what we know, it’s already a jam-packed movie. If she’s not integral to the plot, it’s not a shock she was removed.
Over the months, there have been numerous reports about who Jena Malone plays in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Early speculation was that she would play Carrie Kelly, the version of the Caped Crusader’s sidekick Robin from The Dark Knight Returns comics. These rumblings were later supplanted by the idea that she plays Barbara Gordon, daughter of Commissioner Gordon, who has had a couple of roles in the comics through the years.
The latest we’ve heard was that Jena Malone plays Batgirl. Other rumors supposed she plays Oracle, but considering Barbara Gordon was Batgirl, but after she was paralyzed by the Joker in The Killing Joke, she went on to become Oracle, a computer expert who provides information to the superhero community, there is a possibility that could still happen. At least if she appears in subsequent movies. Who knows if that will happen.
At this juncture, however, it’s a moot point. Even when we sit down to watch Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in theaters on March 25, we won’t learn anything more about the true nature of Jena Malone’s character. We’ll just have to wait for the R-rated extended cut and hope she shows up there.