Batgirl Won’t Be In The ‘Birds Of Prey’ Movie… But Barbara Gordon Will

It’s all about paying attention to the specific words.  Earlier this year, fans were thrown for a loop when images of ‘Titans’Brenton Thwaites were revealed and he was shown dressed as Robin, because most assumed he would be playing Nightwing in the series.  But looking back at Warner Brothers’ information regarding the show, they never referred to the role as anything other than “Dick Grayson,” not “Nightwing” or “Robin.”  Everyone just assumed it would be Nightwing because he is older and the show is described as depicting his maturation, stepping out of his mentor’s shadow.  (His mentor, by the way, who is never referred to as “Batman,” while we’re scrutinizing verbiage.)

In terms of the ‘Birds of Prey’ movie, there hasn’t been a lot in terms of factual information, but one of the most persistent rumors is that the movie would feature Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Barbara Gordon.  That’s “Barbara Gordon,” NOT “Batgirl.”  But knowing that Warner Brothers was working on a ‘Batgirl’ solo movie, it only makes sense that she appear in that superheroic guise in ‘Birds of Prey’, right?  Well… no.  Apparently, while Barbara Gordon is featured in ‘Birds of Prey’, she is not Batgirl, at least according to intel obtained by Umberto Gonzales:

Gonzales, from Heroic Hollywood, had a number of sources within the DC movie structure.  Sometimes his info turns out to be true, but sometimes it doesn’t, so for right now, treat this as a rumor.

There was a followup tweet exchange in which Gonzales teased a morsel of additional information:

This follows statements from Robbie who stated that this film would receive an R-rating and would be made on a smaller budget.

This statement teases that Barbara Gordon will appear as Oracle.  She premiered as computer ace/information broker Oracle in the pages of ‘Suicide Squad’, the comic that inspired the film in which Robbie made her DC Universe debut.  She later went on to form a partnership with Black Canary as the ‘Birds of Prey’.  They essentially acted as a duo and Black Canary/Dinah Lance didn’t even know the identity of her mystery informant for years.  Since the beginning, however, ‘Birds of Prey’ has been thought of more as a team with various heroes and even villains working as operatives.

As Oracle, Barbara became incredibly popular– possibly even more so than she was as Batgirl– and was one of the most visible physically challenged superhero characters in comics.  The decision to restore her to the role of Batgirl was made all the more controversial because many fans (including those with their own physical disabilities) lost Oracle in the process.

It was recently rumored that Catwoman would not be in this movie, but that The Huntress would.  It’s also possible that The Penguin will be the villain.  Robbie has also expressed a desire for the team to be multi-ethnic.

The script comes via Christina Hodson and the film will be directed by Cathy Yan.  It’s unclear when production will begin as the fate of the DC Film Universe seems to rest on the performance of the upcoming ‘Aquaman’ and ‘Shazam!’ movies.

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

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