Marvel's Karen Gillan Wants to Star in a "Batgirl" and Direct the Film !!! @karengillanofficial "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Avengers 3-4" star Karen Gillan has turned her sights to the DC Extended Universe. Asked what other pop culture icon she would like to play, Gillian told Brazil's Omelete, "Batgirl would be pretty cool! Yeah, she's a redhead." If she could direct any comic book movie, "Batgirl" would also be her top choice. "Batgirl would be cool for that as well! My favorite films in that world are dark, and my favorite one is Dark Knight," she explained. "I just love the way that was directed so much so I would love to work in that kind of world as the director." In addition to starring in "Doctor Who", the two "Jumanji" films and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Gillan directed "The Party's Just Beginning" (2008) and has several writing credits.
Though "Avengers" (2012) director Joss Whedon was once attached to "Batgirl", the project has languished in development hell. Whedon's version was set to be heavily influenced by Gail Simone's The New 52 version of the character, but he exited the movie in 2018. Following this, Christina Hodson was hired as a screenwriter and the studio said it was actively seeking a female director to helm "Batgirl". Previously, Whedon was looking to cast a relatively unknown actor in the lead role, meaning someone like Gillian would presumably be out. Lindsay Lohan, Emma Stone and Hailey Steinfield have championed themselves, while Warner Bros was once looking for a Kristen Stewart-prototype to play Bargirl.
This year, the studio is taking a female-first leap forward with "Birds of Prey". Even though Gordon has previously been part of the team of heroines, she’s not expected to be part of director Cathy Yan’s ensemble. "Birds of Prey" stars Margot Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosie Perez, Ewan McGregor, Ella Jay Basco and Chris Messina. The film is scheduled for release on February 7.
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