Priyanka Chopra sets her sights on the lead role in Batgirl. With the DCEU successfully debuting Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, fans are already on the lookout for the next female-led superhero film from the shared cinematic universe, which should be Joss Whedon's Batgirl. While there is no casting confirmed for Batgirl as of yet, one actress has already publicly expressed her eagerness to don the character. The project was just announced last March and will be both be written and directed by Whedon. Reportedly, its premise will take on Barbara Gordon's storyline in the New 52 comic book series by Gail Simone.
Chopra, who originally hails from India, has made a name for herself in Hollywood with a part in the recently released Baywatch film revival alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Zac Efron. But arguably, her biggest international break thus far is her leading role in the ABC drama/thriller Quantico, in which she has played Alex Parrish since 2015.
While on the road promoting Baywatch, Chopra told OK! Magazine [h/t Top Ten Perfumes] that she hopes to eventually suit up as a superhero in a comic book film. And if given the opportunity, she is game to play Barbara Gordon in the Whedon flick. However, she also reveals that while she is currently in talks for a slew of follow-up movie projects, no one has yet to reach out to her with regards to taking the role of the DC superhero.
"But my dream part is, now that I'm working in America, I definitely want to do a superhero part. When I think of American movies, they've had superheroes for eons right? So I definitely want to play a superhero and I want to have an interesting super power. I don't know... Batgirl would be so cool!"
In retrospect, Chopra is a great candidate for the gig. Her work in Quantico speaks for itself in terms of whether she will be able to effectively play the role of a strong-willed female character. Her versatility in terms of acting - perfectly nailing the role of an independent and yet vulnerable woman - is also a good fit if Whedon launches Barbara Gordon's movie story after she was infamously paralyzed by Joker and eventually becomes Batgirl in New 52.
There a campaign going around the internet pushing DC and Warner Bros. to cast a person of color to promote diversity in the expanding DECU. Obviously, if the movie bosses take on this route, Chopra will be a perfect candidate for the gig, especially with her extensive Bollywood career before breaking into the international scene. Meanwhile, Lindsay Morgan, who is of Hispanic descent, appears to also be one of the popular choices to breathe Barbara Gordon to life on the big screen. Her body of work includes a recurring gig in the CW post-apocalyptic series, The 100, as Raven.
With the project not having any attached actress to it thus far, fans are eagerly anticipating a casting reveal soon. But with Whedon currently busy with taking over Justice League from Zack Snyder, it is expected that Batgirl will have to wait until after the DC ensemble film is all set.
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- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
- Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020