Making a superhero movie means plenty of rumors will come out during the development process, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had no shortage of those, from Bizarro showing up to seeing Jason Todd. Among the more persistent rumors during this time, though, was that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire star Jena Malone was either playing an older version of Carrie Kelley, best known as Robin in The Dark Knight Returns, or Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl. Not only did this turn out to be incorrect, but Malone's part was cut from the Batman v Superman theatrical release. Nevertheless, the actress got a kick out of the idea that people thought she would be portraying a DC superhero. She explained:
As we learned once Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's Ultimate Edition, Malone had actually been brought on to play Jenet Klyburn, a S.T.A.R. Labs scientist who analyzed the bullet that Lois Lane brought back from Nairomi. Jenet later informed Lois that Wallace Keefe's wheelchair had lead in it, which Lois realized was meant to prevent Superman from seeing the bomb that was inside. Malone's part was small, but her character helped make Lois' story in Batman v Superman's Ultimate Edition more interesting than it had been in the theatrical cut. As for Malone, she wasn't particularly broken up to see her part cut from Batman v Superman's main release. When asked if it was weird to learn she'd been taken out of the movie, she responded:
Jena Malone previously worked with Zack Snyder on 2011's Sucker Punch, and judging by what she said during her conversation with The AV Club a while back, I wouldn't be surprised if he wanted to work with her again on one of his next movies. But as far as the DC Extended Universe is concerned, unless one of the filmmakers there decides to cast her in a new role (it's happened a few times in the MCU), then her time with the franchise is done.
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