Could Jena Malone really be playing Batgirl in a future Batman movie?
Jena Malone—who you’ll know from The Hunger Games, and the IMO amazing indie, Saved — was supposed to be in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. She was supposed to be in it, until her role was completely cut out at the last second, meaning that she’s not teaming up with Batman or Superman just yet. Batman v Superman’s director, Zach Snyder, hasn’t given a reason why she was cut, but now it looks like the reason might be because her introduction DC comic world needs to be much BIGGER and BETTER.
Malone’s casting in the movie was super top secret, and remained super top secret even after Snyder admitted that she had been cut all together. Now, according to a survey released by Warner Brothers, Malone’s character has accidentally been revealed, and it’s a doozy.
Everyone else on this list is 100% confirmed for Batman v Superman, so this leads us to believe that Malone’s cut role was, 100% Barbara Gordon. Who’s Barbara Gordon? Oh, just the daughter of Commissioner James Gordon, and she puts on a cape and takes on the role of Batgirl. BATGIRL! Last time we saw her on screen, the year was 1997 and Alicia Silverstone was playing the part in Batman & Robin.
While Malone won’t appear in Batman v Superman, her part will still be included on the extended R-rated home release of the movie. It’s a bummer we won’t get to see her sooner, but maybe, just maybe, it’s because DC is setting up much bigger things for her. In the comics, Barbara fights alongside Batman… until [well, spoiler, probably] the Joker shoots her, she becomes a paraplegic, and starts working as the go-to tech girl under under the codename Oracle. And this is something to note, since the fight with the Joker that leaves her paralyzed happens in The Killing Joke, which is supposedly a big influence for this summer’s Suicide Squad… and do you see where this is all going??
So while we won’t get to see her in any DC role just yet, it’s clear that her big debut is coming. Just the sooner it gets here, the better.