While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is nearing its 10 year anniversary, the DC Extended Universe is ready to get into the ring and compete with the juggernaut shared universe. The DCEU has been announcing more projects to their lineup every few months, including Joss Whedon's untitled Batgirl movie. News of Whedon's involvement essentially broke the internet, as the former MCU director jumped ship for the competition. Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse have applauded Whedon's involvement, although now there's a giant question mark over the developing movie: who the hell is going to play Batgirl?
Joss Whedon recently spoke to USA Today while attending the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. When asked what he's looking for in a potential Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, Whedon revealed that its moreso about the actresses' spirit, rather than looking for a physical replica of Barbara from the comics.
Well this is exciting. All the inspiring actresses in LA should rejoice at this news, as Whedon apparently won't be looking at established stars to play Batman's female protegee. Instead, he'll be looking for an unknown who can truly dedicate themselves to the project.
And while the news of Batgirl being a green actress is exciting, Joss Whedon also revealed another detail about how he's approaching finding the right talent for Barbara Gordon. Because rather than simply auditioning Hollywood's leading redheads (I'm looking at you, Emma Stone), Whedon is willing to cast an actress who doesn't look like the traditional comic book Barbara Gordon.
With inclusion and visibility currently such a hot topic in Hollywood, Whedon's determination to find the right actress (regardless of their appearance) will surely be a welcomed choice. In fact, both Barbara and Jim Gordon's race were recently changed in The Lego Batman Movie. Latino actors Rosario Dawson and Héctor Elizondo respectively voiced the characters, with their change of race having no affect on the film.
And while J.K. Simmons will debut as Commissioner Gordon in Zack Snyder's Justice League, that doesn't necessarily mean that the actress playing Barbara needs to resemble the Whiplash actor. The recent ill-fated Fantastic Four film changed the Human Torch's race in order to accommodate the fantastic Michael B. Jordan, and his sibling relationship with Kate Mara's Invisible Woman didn't suffer from the change.