Gail Simone’s Batgirl Run Being Used in Batgirl Film


It was announced recently that Joss Whedon is now in final talks to write and direct a Batgirl film for the DC Extended Universe. The news is quite exciting when you know his resume, with shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel giving a great example of how well he is able to tell dark stories.

The question that was asked by many fans was which version of Batgirl would we see in Whedon’s film? Barbara Gordon, the most well-known vigilante to have worn the cape and cowl? Stephanie Brown, who trained under Barbara Gordon after giving up the Robin persona? Or could it be Carrie Kelly, who recently began donning the Batgirl persona in The Dark Knight III: The Master Race, the most recent Frank Miller story? These being the most famous within the comic book fan community, but certainly not last.

Entertainment Weekly gave an answer to that question by revealing that Gail Simone’s run of the character in the New 52 will be the inspiration they will be using. This certainly makes sense, in that story Barbara Gordon, who has worked as The Oracle after The Joker crippled her in The Killing Joke is able to regain her motor functions and returns to her Batgirl persona, however she still has the trauma from her incident and has to work through it.

Batgirl Writer Gail Simone also commented on her excitement at this news and asked that Alysia be bought into the story. Alysia is the first openly transgender character to be introduced and became Barbara’s best friend.

She went on to say what her hopes would be if they do include Alysia, including getting an actual transgender in the role, no discussion.

Gail Simone talked with a fan about how much say she has whenever a character she wrote for is being used at DC Comics.

Gail Simone went on to discuss what Barbara Gordon and Batgirl means to her.

This sounds great, Joss Whedon is great at writing dark stories and Gail Simone’s run certainly fits the overall tone of the DC Extended Universe. I think this Batgirl film will become Birds of Prey as the Harley Quinn film was first announced as a solo film and is now Gotham City Sirens. Not only that but David Ayer is the only director to have shown his support on Joss Whedon’s inclusion to the DC Extended Universe and that makes me think Batgirl will be appearing first in Gotham City Sirens, though this is my speculation.

NOTE: Keep in mind Warner Bros nor Joss Whedon have not confirmed this news, but Entertainment Weekly has a good track records on these type of reports.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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