Last night in the US saw the World Premiere of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 and many members of the cast and crew were on the red carpet (see some of the photos from the event here), as well some old Marvel alumni including The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon who was there to show his support.
While he spoke about his continued affection for all things Marvel, Variety asked his about his upcoming move to the DCEU with his forthcoming Batgirl film, which Whedon is currently in the process of writing. A stand-alone film around the character, it will feed into the bigger universe set up at Warner Bros which includes Justice League and Matt Reeves’ The Batman.
But while he is knee-deep in writing mode, Whedon has said that he hasn’t yet got any idea on who he may approach to play the heroine but knows that he doesn’t think a big name will be cast, saying:
“I have so many things to say about her, I’m very excited to see a girl in the cowl,”
“I don’t have my eye on anybody. I’m creating this character, I’m in a dialogue with her and then we’ll see who joins that later on… I doubt it’ll be a name. I think this is somewhere where you go and find Batgirl and then you cast her.”
“I’m not against movie stars, they’re great, but you need somebody who’s going to be just right, and a situation like this the name carries a lot of weight, so it’s not as critical.”
Many names have already been suggested for the role, from recent Oscar Winner Emma Stone (La La Land) to actress such as Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe). Hailee Steinfeld (The Edge of Seventeen) and Lindsey Morgan (The 100). Indeed last year many rumours floated around online that Jena Malone was to play the character (or the female Robin) in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice but those didn’t come to fruition. Alicia Silverstone (Catfight) portrayed the character on her last film appearance in Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin in 1997.
The Caped Crusader celebrates his 80th anniversary in 2019 and we could be getting the aforementioned Ben Affleck-starring film as well as Batgirl and Nightwing, which is reportedly also in production.
Wonder Woman, the next big DCEU film, opens on June 2nd.