It looks like Batgirl is ready to take flight. Rumors are hinting that Warner Bros. will make some major casting announcements for the DCEU at San Diego Comic-Con, and the subreddit DCEUleaks is filled with speculation.
A Reddit user by the name of DCEUthrowaway89 recently posted a shortlist for Joss Whedon's Batgirl film — take it with a grain of salt, but the user claims that the studio asked an artist friend of theirs to create concept art for seven actresses in the role of Barbara Gordon. The actresses listed are:
- #KatherineLangford (13 Reasons Why)
- Elle Fanning (Super 8, The Beguiled)
- Bella Thorne (Shake It Up, The Duff)
- Emma Roberts (Wild Child, Scream Queens)
- Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers, The Nice Guys)
- Jane Levy (Suburgatory, Don't Breathe)
- Haley Lu Richardson (Split)
- Naomi Scott (2017's Power Rangers).
The source states that Katherine Langford is currently the frontrunner for the part. As with any rumor, we should be skeptical –– especially considering the anonymous source. However, we've seen some of this anonymous Reddit rumors come true. So, I wanted to highlight why — if Katherine Langford is indeed the frontrunner for the part — she'd be the best choice.
Her Commanding On-Screen Presence
Despite her similar moniker, #Batgirl has never relied on #Batman to craft herself as her own character in the comics. Obviously similarities between the two crimefighters (mainly the name and costume) will be present in the film — but the project needs an actress with a commanding presence who's able to put those comparisons to the Caped Crusader aside and shine on her own. That's Langford.
#13ReasonsWhy was a curious project for the actress. She appeared very little in the show compared to, say Dylan Minnette, yet she always remained an important part of it. And that wasn't only because of Hannah Baker being the central focus of the series.
It was also in large part because her performance was so endearing and powerful. She dominated the screen whenever she was on, so can you imagine what she'd do with a two-hour runtime dedicated to her? I can, and trust me, it looks amazing.
She Has Barbara Gordon's Distinctive Personality
The majority of the comic book heroes out there are either gritty creatures of the night or quirky goofballs who like to have fun. Batgirl breaks the mold by falling between those two descriptions. She's neither too serious nor too quirky; she's an emotionally intelligent young woman who can be lighthearted and have fun, but can turn just as serious when the situation calls for it. Langford shares those same traits both on and off screen.
Langford can be absolutely hilarious (proved by the interview above) on her off-time, but can –– as we saw with Hanna Baker's suicide scene in 13 Reasons Why –– deliver an impactful gut-punch of a performance. Seemingly, might I add, without breaking a sweat.
Superhero castings are at their best when the actor naturally carries a bit of the character's personality in them. We've seen it with Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Chris Evans as Captain America and Tom Holland as Spider-Man. Langford would definitely allow us to put Batgirl on that list.
She's A Natural
It's tough to get someone who looks just right to the point where you can place their photo next to a comic book character and say, "Hey, that's it." Henry Cavill's Superman and Patrick Stewart's Charles Xavier come to mind.
That's not a problem with Langford though. Let's face it: She looks like she was pulled straight out of a comic book page; she is #BarbaraGordon. That astonishing resemblance, paired with her acting ability and personality would make for a killer combination.
Considering these reasons, Langford would be a perfect choice for the rooftop-jumping superhero. She's a very talented young actress and it would be amazing to see her in the role. Of course, I must stress that her being on Warner Bros.'s shortlist for the part comes from an unverified rumor, so we'll have to wait to see what happens with the project.
As of now, Batgirl doesn't have a release date. But if we're being optimistic about this rumor, hopefully more information will come out about #JossWhedon's new superhero project soon enough.
Do you think this supposed list is real? Who's your ideal pick for Batgirl? Let me know in the comments!