With Wonder Woman’s success turning the tide for the DC Extended Universe after a slew of critical duds, Joss Whedon’s impending Batgirl movie now has the unenviable task of hitting or exceeding the high bar set by Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot.
But firstly – who will be the director’s leading lady?
If a recent leak on the aptly titled DCEU Leaks subreddit is to be believed, Warner Bros are currently looking at nine actresses and wish to fill the role before this year’s San Diego Comic-Con – which kicks off on 20 July – so they can make the surprise announcement on stage.
In no particular order, the shortlist contains Elle Fanning, Olivia Cooke, Bella Thorne, Katherine Langford, Margaret Qualley, Jane Levy, Emma Roberts, Haley Lu Richardson and Naomi Scott, with Langford currently rumoured to be the frontrunner.
It’s an interesting list, boasting a variety of newcomers and familiar faces, and if Joss Whedon’s strong history with female characters is any indication, he will make the right choice.
But – taking into account previous work and acting ability – who seems like the right choice on the surface?