Ever since news broke that Joss Whedon was in talks to write, direct and produce a “Batgirl” movie, Bat-fans have had one key question on their minds: Which Batgirl? After all, there have been numerous different Batgirls over the years ranging from Bat-Girl, the short-lived love interest for the original Robin, to silent assassin Cassandra Cain and another former Robin, Stephanie Brown.
Now, Entertainment Weekly has confirmed via its own sources that it is the “New 52” Barbara Gordon version of the character that is set for a silver screen debut.
According to EW, the film will not be taking its cues from the recent more playful “Batgirl of Burnside” take on the character but instead draw heavily on Gail Simone’s 2011 “Batgirl” run.
Simone’s series rebooted the character’s continuity to ensure that Barbara regained the use of her legs after suffering a spinal injury at the hands of the Joker, as chronicled in the 1988 “Batman” graphic novel “The Killing Joke.” Although fully recovered thanks to some experimental surgery, Simone’s Batgirl was still haunted by the whole experience.
Having kicked off in 2013’s “Man of Steel,” the DCEU continued on the big-screen with “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad” in 2016. After “Wonder Woman,” the saga will continue in “Justice League,” “Aquaman,” “The Flash,” “Cyborg” and “Green Lantern Corps,” spotlighting the rest of DC’s flagship heroes. Additionally, there’s a “Suicide Squad” sequel in development, along with a “Gotham City Sirens” film — set to spotlight the villainous trio of Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Catwoman — a Matt Reeves-directed “Batman” solo film and a “Shazam” movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Black Adam.