The moment fans heard that Joss Whedon would be directing a Batgirl movie, the internet lit up with excitement. Joss is known for his character work, and he’s proven that in not only TV, but in movies as well, which is why people are excited for him to helm the live-action debut of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl (recall, Batman & Robin had Barbara Wilson, not Barbara Gordon).
Of course, a role is only as good as its actor/actress, and there is a lot of speculation as to who will be cast as Barbara/Batgirl. Well, if Joss Whedon is to be believed, you may not know them when they are cast, which is perfectly fine with Whedon:
“I don’t have my eye on anybody. I’m creating this character, I’m in a dialogue with her and then we’ll see who joins that later on… I doubt it’ll be a name. I think this is somewhere where you go and find Batgirl and then you cast her,” Whedon said. He further elaborated on this point, adding, “I’m not against movie stars, they’re great, but you need somebody who’s going to be just right, and a situation like this the name carries a lot of weight, so it’s not as critical.”
That will no doubt make a lot of fans happy, as they don’t want just anyone as Barbara, they want a person who will embody what Barbara is as a character. We’ll just have to see how it all plays out.