Following its announcement in 2017, the HBO Max Batgirl movie is moving forward with casting its lead.
A recent report from Deadline details that Warner Bros. has begun their search for Barbara Gordon and they've settled on a shortlist of names for the coveted role. Sources shared with the publication that a group of actresses will be screen-tested this coming week.
There are no explicit details given about what the screen test may entail aside that Gordon will don the cowl on the big screen. Actresses Isabella Merced, Zoey Deutch, and Leslie Grace are expected to continue on as front runners for the role. It was once believed that Haley Lu was considered to be a contender, though Deadline is unclear if she is still included in the screening process. The studio has no comment on the casting.
Screen Rant reveals that the Batgirl feature will head straight to HBO Max and will be the first DC Extended Universe movie to do so. In the past, Warner Bros. attempted launching their films both theatrically and through streaming with Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) and will attempt this method again through The Suicide Squad (2021). DC is clearly seeking younger talent over a large name for the project while testing out just how the DCEU wants to proceed with its next phase.
Batgirl will be written by Christina Hodson who can be noted for her work on Bumblebee (2018) and Birds of Prey (2020). Bad Boys for Life (2020) directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have taken over after director Joss Whedon departed from the film. There has been no release date announced just yet, but the buzz around Batgirl is picking up as it prepares to secure its lead.