Production for Batgirl is currently underway and we now have a first look at J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon in the film, reprising his role from (Zack Snyder’s) Justice League.
J.K. Simmons was revealed to be reprising his role in October of last year. Gordon is the father of the titular character Barbara Gordon / Batgirl. In the leaked image Simmons is seen sporting Gordon’s classic outfit that was last seen in Justice League.
It is currently unclear how big of a role Commissioner Gordon will have in the film. However, it’s likely he will play somewhat of a major role considering the character’s connection to Barbara.
This film does not take place in the same universe as The Batman, which is set in its own standalone universe. Instead, it will take place in the DC Extended Universe with Michael Keaton coming back to the role of Bruce Wayne / Batman.
Ben Affleck previously played the DCEU’s version of Batman. However, it seems after the events of The Flash (2022) Keaton will once again don the cape and cowl after appearing in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns.
Avengers director and Justice League co-writer Joss Wheadon was originally set to write, direct, and produce the Batgirl. However, he stepped down in early 2018. It seems the film dodged a bullet there as Wheadon has since been accused of workplace harassment by the cast and crew of multiple different projects.
Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Bad Boys for Life and Ms. Marvel) were announced to replace Wheadon in May 2021. The film is slated to be released exclusively on HBO Max on a yet-to-be-revealed date in 2022.
Based upon the popular DC character, Barbara Gordon dons the guise of Batgirl to fight crime.
Batgirl stars Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon / Batgirl, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Jim Gordon, Brendan Fraser as Firefly, Ivory Aquino as Alysia Yeoh with Jacob Scipio, Rebecca Front, Corey Johnson, and Ethan Kai cast in undisclosed roles.
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