The Batgirl cast is shaping up to have several heavy hitters, plus a few unexpected stars, including Michael Keaton, J.K. Simmons, and even Brendan Fraser.
Thus far, it's not quite the epic-sized Bat-family you might be expecting, but Batman movies have typically never gotten quite the size of an Avengers ensemble. As you might expect from the title, Batgirl (premiering on HBO Max) will follow Barbara Gordon's origin story as the young caped crusader, heir, and student to Bruce Wayne's crime-fighting empire. Written by Birds of Prey and Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson, Batgirl follows Barbara Gordon as she "discovers" the Batgirl side of her identity.
Batgirl (specifically the Barbara Gordon version) was originally introduced in 1967 in Detective Comics #359 as the daughter of Commissioner James Gordon. Her role throughout Batman continuity has fluctuated, particularly during The Killing Joke, when she was shot and paralyzed by the Joker. How the Batgirl movie will tackle things
Keep reading for a rundown of who's appearing in HBO Max's Batgirl — and don't forget to bookmark the page, as we'll be updating this article with all-new casting announcements.
Leslie Grace as Batgirl/Barbara Gordon
Filmgoers will recognize Leslie Grace as Nina Rosario, star of Jon M. Chu, and Lin Manuel Miranda's In the Heights. Before In the Heights, her career largely focused on songwriting and music video performance, earning her three Latin Grammy Award nominations.
"You put a little bit of yourself into each character, so just in the bit of research I've been doing, I've learned a lot of things about Barbara that are very in line with me," Grace told Entertainment Tonight. She's someone who's been underestimated even by her dad. Being the youngest kid, sometimes you're insulated from all the tough stuff, and she's so eager to prove to everybody and herself that there are things she can handle."
Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman
For the third time in his career, Michael Keaton is stepping into the black boots of Batman. Keaton previously played Bruce Wayne and his alter ego in Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns, where he squared off against Jack Nicholson's Joker, Danny Devito's Penguin, and Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman.
Keaton's involvement was previously announced in December 2021, but he was already confirmed to play Batman in The Flash film. Considering Batman is a direct mentor to Barbara Gordon, he may play a larger role in Batgirl. Keaton dipped his toes into the Marvel cinematic universe with his role as the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
J.K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon
Simmons is no stranger to comic book films. The actor portrayed gruff news chief J. Jonah Jameson in several Spider-Man entries, and he even previously played Commissioner Gordon in Zack Snyder's Justice League. He'll be returning for Batgirl, presumably being an overprotective father for Barbara Gordon and confidant for Batman, though that relationship might be tested if Bruce Wayne wants to recruit Barbara to his crusade against crime.
Brendan Fraser as Garfield Lynns/Firefly
Filmgoers will recognize Fraser from his starring role in the Mummy franchise, and a more recent resurgence in DC's Doom Patrol as racecar driver-turned-machine Cliff Steele/Robotman. Deadline originally reported he'll be playing Garfield Lynns AKA Firefly, a pyro-obsessed villain with a lengthy history in Batman lore.
Fraser took an extended hiatus but has returned to acting in a major way recently, lining up roles for directors like Darren Aronofsky and Martin Scorsese.
Jacob Scipio in an unknown role
Scipio's career began in small television roles before landing a part in 2020's Bad Boys For Life, 2019's The Outpost, and the upcoming Expendables 4. It's currently unknown what role he'll be playing in Batgirl.