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One Big Trait The Actress Playing Batgirl Needs To Have, According To Joss Whedon

Batgirl in The Killing Joke

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.

What I'm looking for in a Batgirl is probably somebody new. Somebody who is willing to go the distance. It is going to be hard. I want somebody who's going to get in the trenches with me... I know what she looks like in the comic books. We'll deviate if the right person is different. We haven't even begun the conversation, but it's about the spirit she exudes, not exactly what she looks like.

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.

Alas, we've probably got some serious waiting before any concrete news about the Batgirl movie is released. In the meantime, be sure to check our our 2017 release list to plan your next trip to the movies, including the DCEU's next film: Wonder Woman.

Corey Chichizola

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.