Joss Whedon on his casting process for Batgirl, developing the script

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Apr 20, 2017

Joss Whedon is still in the early phases of putting his Batgirl project together over at Warner Bros., but he has offered up a bit of intel about how it’s all going behind the scenes.

Variety caught up with Whedon for a brief chat, and he revealed they’re not in the casting process yet, though it sounds like he’s likely going to go with a relative unknown to play Barbara Gordon on the big screen. Which isn't a surprise — it’s a formula that’s worked well for Whedon in the past, and it gives the project a bit more freedom to not be weighed down by the expectations an actress might bring to the gig.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

“I don’t have my eye on anybody. I feel like I’m creating this character, I’m gonna dialogue with her and then we’ll see who joins that later on… I doubt it will be a name. 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 its not as critical.”

At this point, it sounds like Whedon is still feeling out the story and who the supporting cast might include. Which makes sense — there’s not even a script in place yet, and Whedon is still figuring out how this character will translate into not only live action, but the DCEU itself.

What do you think? Who would you like to see suit up as Batgirl? Who should the supporting cast include?

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