Who is the New Batgirl?

While we’re all waiting keenly for the release of The Batman starring Robert Pattinson in March, we’ve now had our first official look at Leslie Grace’s full costume for the HBO Max production Batgirl, due to be released later this year.

An Instagram post shared by the 27-year-old actress included shots of the Batgirl costume and from the shooting set in Glasgow. Fans described the hero’s costume as “comic-accurate”, including the distinctive night-vision goggles – but of course Batgirl has a long history in the comics, TV and movies.

The new Batgirl set photos also featured Jacob Scipio and Ivory Aquino as Alysia Yeoh along with Barbara Gordon’s cool-looking motorcycle.

The Batgirl movie will be led by In the Heights star Leslie Grace as she portrays the role of Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon.

The heroine’s first comic book appearance was in Detective Comics #357 by writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino, and she was first seen on TV in the 1967 Batman series with the late Yvonne Craig playing Barbara, and in animated versions of the Batman stories.

Yvonne Craig, the original TV Batgirl

Batwoman

The HBO live-action film will also feature Oscar winner J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, and Michael Keaton reprising his 1989 movie role as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Joining them in the cast are Jacob Scipio, Ethan Kai, Corey Johnson, Rebecca Front and Brendan Fraser, in his second role with the DC Universe as the villain Firefly.

Batgirl is being directed by Bad Boys for Life filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah from a screenplay written by Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey, The Flash). The film is a production by Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films, with Kristin Burr (Cruella) producing.

The last appearance of Batgirl/Barbara Gordon in a live-action big-screen feature was in Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin, released in 1997 and starring Alicia Silverstone in the role alongside George Clooney as Batman and Chris O’Donnell as Robin.

Batwoman – troubled production

Another recent TV production is the CW’s Batwoman, a completely different character – in this version, Bruce Wayne’s cousin Kate and felon Ryan Wilder take up the mantle of Batwoman when Batman disappears from Gotham City. The troubled production is currently in its third season, but it’s not at all certain that it will get a fourth.

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