HBO Max’s ‘Batgirl’ Movie casts Rebecca Front, Corey Johnson, and Ethan Kai

Rebecca Front, Corey Johnson, and Ethan Kai have joined the cast of Batgirl, Warner Bros. and DC Film’s feature for HBO Max that is now in production. The latest cast announces came from THR.


Leslie Grace, the actor, known for her breakout role in In the Heights, is joining the DC Universe as Barbara Gordon, AKA Batgirl.

J. K. Simmons will reprise the role of classic Batman character Commissioner James Gordon. Also set to feature in the film is Brendan Fraser as Garfield Lynns / Firefly: A sociopathic pyromaniac and Jacob Scipio in an undisclosed role. It has also been confirmed that Michael Keaton‘s Batman would be making an appearance in the film.


Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are directing Batgirl, from a script by Christina Hodson, the DC mainstay behind Birds of Prey and the upcoming The Flash. Kristin Burr is producing.

While plot details are under wraps, it is known that Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Commissioner Gordon, will be the character behind the cape in this version. Gordon is the most established version of the Batgirl character and was first introduced in 1961 as Betty Kane.

It is unknown at this point whether the movie is set in the same universe as Batman and Batman Returns, or if its set entirely in its own universe and Keaton’s Batman is just popping in from across space and time.


Front is a BAFTA Award-winning veteran actress who most recently appeared with Hugh Laurie in sci-fi drama Avenue 5 as well as the period drama Poldark and comedy The Other One.

Johnson has appeared in supporting roles in dozens of shows and movies, including the Bourne franchise and last year appearing in the Jodie Foster drama The Mauritanian. He has a role in the long-delayed Sony-Marvel movie, Morbius.

Kai is a screen and theatre actor who was a regular on the British soap Emmerdale Farm and appeared on shows such as Killing Eve and London Kills.


Batgirl is scheduled to be released on HBO Max in 2022.

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