After years in development hell, Batgirl appears ready to take flight.
Daisy Ridley was toiling in obscurity before Star Wars: The Force Awakens catapulted her to international superstardom. But while the Star Wars sequels were filming, she was unable to take large parts in other films. Now that The Rise of Skywalker has wrapped, Ridley is finally available for other projects, and rumors have placed the erstwhile Jedi under the cowl of Gotham’s protector Batgirl.
According to We Got It Covered, Ridley is the leading contender for Warner Bros. long-in-development Batgirl with 13 Reasons Why‘s Katherine Langford as a distant second choice.
Batgirl has been in development at Warner Bros. for years. It was initially a passion project for Buffy and Avengers director Joss Whedon, who Warner Bros. lured from Disney to “fix” Zack Snyder’s Justice League after the initial cut was reportedly “too dark.”
Whedon eventually dropped out of Batgirl, saying that he “simply couldn’t find the right story.” The fact that Justice League was a critical failure and he faced sexual harassment allegations during a nasty divorce probably had more to do with his version getting shelved.
But Warner Bros. did not give up on Batgirl, hiring Birds of Prey screenwriter Christina Hodson to take another crack at the script. With Birds of Prey set for a February 2020 release date and Matt Reeves The Batman beginning principle photography, WB may feel the time is right to create a “Gothamverse” of interconnected stories revolving around the extended Bat-family.
If Warner Bros. does announce casting for Batgirl, don’t be surprised if she makes a cameo in Birds of Prey or The Batman before becoming the third female-led DC superhero movie.