Leslie Grace, star of HBO Max’s upcoming DC movie, Batgirl, recently talked about what it was like to act opposite Michael Keaton as Batman and the possibilities of a sequel.
The DCEU is in for something of a shakeup, with Michael Keaton returning to the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne after 30 years. Keaton’s return from the continuity crafted by Tim Burton in 1989’s Batman and its 1992 sequel, Batman Returns, is expected to be explained in next year’s The Flash. However, with scheduling changes pushing The Flash back from its intended 2022 release, Keaton’s first appearance in the DCEU is now set for Batgirl.
Leslie Grace is taking on the role of Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, with Justice League‘s J.K. Simmons reprising the role of her father, Commissioner Jim Gordon. Speaking to Variety, Grace opened up about the experience of appearing opposite Michael Keaton’s iconic take on the Caped Crusader:
“It was wild for everyone. Our directors were like two little kids. They’re legit Batman nerds openly. He’s Batman, man! 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.”
Grace was also asked about the potential for a Batgirl sequel and while the actress isn’t rushing into anything before the first film releases, she admitted a few conversations have taken place:
“We got to see this first one first. But there’s definitely some talks about what it could be. 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 and the spectrum between things.”
It sounds like Batgirl could be set to launch her own franchise.
Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are directing Batgirl. The movie is set to follow the Barbara Gordon iteration of the Gotham City heroine. J.K. Simmons also stars as Commissioner Gordon, Brendan Fraser will appear as the villain Firefly, and Michael Keaton is returning as his version of Batman.
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