BATGIRL Star Leslie Grace Confirms Sequel Talks; Opens Up On Sharing Scenes With Michael Keaton's Batman
In The Heights star Leslie Grace landed the role of a lifetime when she was cast as the DCEU's Batgirl, and the actress reflected on working with Michael Keaton while confirming recent sequel talks...
The Flash is expected to create a new DC Extended Universe, and if photos from the set of Batgirl are any indication, that movie will take place in this rewritten reality. Unfortunately, with the Scarlet Speedster's movie pushed back to next June, it would no longer make sense for Batgirl to arrive on HBO Max this December (which was the prevailing theory given its holiday setting).
After all, how would you explain Michael Keaton being the DCEU's Batman without fans seeing The Flash first? We'll see what Warner Bros. decides to do, but during a recent interview with Variety, Barbara Gordon herself, Leslie Grace, reflected on getting to work with Keaton's Caped Crusader.
"It was wild for everyone," she said of the reaction to seeing Keaton arrive on set in costume. "Our directors were like two little kids. They’re legit Batman nerds openly. I couldn’t even believe that I was sharing space with Batman. I want to say more, but I can’t. It was insane, surreal, incredible. It was the stuff of dreams really. And J.K. Simmons playing my dad. That’s my pop."
This confirms Batgirl shares the screen with Batman, though we're not overly surprised because we first learned Keaton's Dark Knight would be Barbara's mentor when he was cast in The Flash.
The trade also asked Grace when she starts shooting Batgirl 2. "[Laughs] We got to see this first one first. But there’s definitely some talks about what it could be," the actress confirmed. "I’ve seen some of what we’ve shot, obviously in the playback and stuff like that, and it’s insane."
"We’ve already been talking about where do we take this from here because there’s so much that happens in this film. There are a lot of different themes in the plot that we touch on. It’s not just the action. There’s a love story. There’s this father-daughter relationship. There’s looking at the world through a lens that isn’t just black and white and seeing the color between things."
It's a shame Batgirl isn't destined for the big screen, though we're definitely excited over the prospect of the hero getting her own HBO Max franchise. She won't be the only DC character whose home will primarily be on the streaming service, though Blue Beetle was recently given a theatrical release instead.
Stay tuned for updates on Batgirl.