Recently Nicolas Winding Refn, who directed the new film “The Neon Demon”, and also “Drive”, has expressed interest in a Batgirl movie. Up until now, the only silver screen moments we’ve seen Batgirl in have been on Gotham and Batman & Robin (the really bad one with Mr. Freeze…). According to the interview with Business Insider, he said, “God, I would love to make one, it would probably be great fun. I just don’t know when it’s going to happen. I very much enjoy my freedom creatively, but I also would love to make one of those big Hollywood films that costs a lot of money and has a lot of people running around with cell phones and all that insanity,” before saying, “You know the one I want to do? I want to make Batgirl. Let’s get Warner working on it.”
As soon as it became a trending topic, the question wasn’t just who would play Batgirl, but which one would it be? Many women have donned the costume, although the most well-known is Barbara Gordon. More than just the commissioner’s daughter, Barbara was vigilante hero, Batgirl before being shot in the spine by the Joker in Alan Moore’s infamous graphic novel, The Killing Joke.
Following her assault and paralysis, Barbara Gordon became Oracle. If I were to watch a Batgirl feature film, I’d have to say the Killing Joke plot line would have to be a definite. It shouldn’t be the main point, since the movie would have to be a Batgirl movie and not an Oracle movie, but this moment is crucial and known to all Batgirl (and Joker) fans. In addition to this, the ok has already been given for The Killing Joke animated film being released this summer to be rated R, so there won’t be a need for the Batgirl movie to solely revolve around it.
The best option for this film to be a success to fans, previous and new, would be to show Barbara’s path from PhD-holding librarian to paralyzed Oracle, and possibly end with the next Batgirl. By showing her origin story to both heroes, viewers will gain not only knowledge about the character, but a connection as well. If the film strictly centered around The Killing Joke, then it wouldn’t be a Batgirl movie at all – everyone would watch for the Joker, and taking the focus off of Barbara (and what he does to her) would damage the entire point of making a film about her.
If I could cast the ultimate Barbara Gordon/Batgirl/Oracle it would have to be either Rachel McAdams or Karen Gillan (not just because I’m a whovian). As for the Joker, it could be Jared Leto again depending on his performance in the highly anticipated Suicide Squad movie next month.
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