The Walking Dead's Katelyn Nacon has once again expressed her fondness for the DC Superhero Batgirl, as well as a desire to play the character on the big screen at some point in the future. The young actress and musician came to television prominence playing Enid on the AMC zombie apocalypse series. A TV-original character, Enid was initially a minor figure on The Walking Dead and played love interest to young Carl Grimes, however more recent episodes have seen her develop deeper relationships with the likes of Maggie and Aaron and Enid has gained more screen time as a result. After Carl's shocking death, Enid could be set to become an even more important character, as showrunners have promised Carl's comic storylines would be played out with other characters.
When we interviewed Nacon in the build up to The Walking Dead's season eight premiere episode, talk turned to which superheroes the actress would potentially want to play in the future and Nacon named a number of characters including the Teen Titans' Raven and Batgirl on her wishlist. After Alicia Silverstone's misguided attempt at the character in the 1990s, Batgirl is due a live-action reboot at Warner Bros. and a movie was announced in March last year set to be directed and written by Joss Whedon. The Avengers director has since left the project.
However, it seems as if Nacon is still eager to land the coveted role. Reiterating her comments made last year, the actress responded to a fan on Twitter who asked which kind of superhero she would want to play by saying "Omg I want Batgirl."
Quite a clear statement of intent then, and although the role of Batgirl has yet to be cast, the The Walking Dead actress certainly stands a strong chance of getting her wish. With Enid, Nacon has shown the kind of internal struggle and steadfast determination that would likely form a DCEU version of Batgirl. Additionally, any solo Batgirl movie is likely to take the form of an origin story and focus on the earlier stages of her superhero career. As such, Nacon is the perfect age for the part and her experience on a huge franchise like The Walking Dead should ensure the pressure of playing a much-loved DC character doesn't take its toll.
DCEU movies have generally suffered a mixed reception from fans and critics but the one undoubted exception to that trend is Wonder Woman which proved to be a huge critical and commercial success. The Gal Gadot-fronted movie was universally praised for its portrayal of a female superhero and as such, Batgirl could be the most lucrative and in-demand role in the franchise's future.
The Walking Dead season 9 is expected to premiere this Fall.
Source: Kathryn Nacon (via Twitter)
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