Pieces continue to fall into place for “Batgirl,” the long-gestating Batfam movie that’s finally slated for a 2022 release on HBO Max. The project was first announced in 2017, with Joss Whedon attached to write and direct. After he left the project in February 2018, “Batgirl” seemed dead in the water. But it was resurrected by “Birds of Prey” and “The Flash” scribe Christine Hodson. Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the directing team behind “Bad Boys for Life,” signed on to direct in May 2021.
Casting began in earnest soon after, with reports that Zoey Deutch (“Zombieland 2”) and Isabela Merced (“Dora and the City of Lost Gold”) were both in contention for the title role. Warner Bros. execs ultimately chose Leslie Grace, who fans may know best as Nina in the movie adaptation of Lin Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights.” Batgirl’s family tree is getting rounded out now as well, with a big casting announcement in the Commissioner Gordon role.