It was reported earlier this week that Warner Bros. and DC were testing multiple actresses to play the DC heroine, with Dora and Lost City of Gold star Isabel Merced and Zombieland: Double Tap’s Zoey Deutch was also on a shortlist for the role. Warner Bros. reportedly had a high opinion of Grace after her performance in the studio musical In the Heights and an impressive audition closed the deal.
Batgirl will air exclusively on HBO Max, with an upcoming solo Static Shock film. DC’s pair of adaptations represent DC’s effort to expand their storytelling beyond theatrical releases. Batgirl and Static Shock will both have ties to DC’s established live-action cinematic universe, although DC Films president Walter Hamada has described the projects as “riskier” endeavors better suited to the smaller one. budget for a non-cinematic release.
Batgirl was first announced in 2017, with Joss Whedon attached to writing and directing. After Whedon left the project in 2018, Warner Bros. has since hired Adil El Arbi and Billall Fallah, the duo that led Bad Boys for Life in 2020. Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson is attached to the Batgirl pen.
For more on DC’s upcoming list of movies and TV shows, check out our rundown of each DC project in development.
J. Kim Murphy is a freelance entertainment writer.
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