On January 14, Leslie Grace took to Instagram and shared an exciting first look at her purple and yellow Batgirl costume. “‘I use their expectations against them. That will be their weakness. Not mine. Let them all underestimate me … And when their guard is down, and their pride is rising, let me kick their butts,’ – Batgirl, Year One,” she wrote underneath the picture, letting everyone know that she more than has what it takes to be the next Batgirl. Words of support and excitement loaded the comments section, and it’s easy to see why.
At this point, there have been very few live-action Batgirl interpretations, especially in film. When it comes to cinematic counterparts, Grace is joined solely by Alicia Silverstone’s Barbara Wilson from 1997’s “Batman & Robin.” As far as television versions go, the late Yvonne Craig was the first to play Batgirl via the classic “Batman” TV show, paving the way for Dina Meyer, Jeté Laurence, and Savannah Welch to take on the role for “Birds of Prey,” “Gotham,” and “Titans,” respectively. However, Meyer only suited up as Batgirl for flashback sequences, while Laurence and Welch didn’t at all.
Compared to the likes of Batman and Superman, who are constantly rebooted and recast, Batgirl doesn’t have an extensive list of actresses from across decades behind her. Nevertheless, for those few that have donned the cowl over the years, Leslie Grace will almost certainly do them proud when “Batgirl” hits HBO Max in 2022.