Five Feet Apart actress Haley Lu Richardson and In the Heights star Leslie Grace are now the top contenders for the heroine protecting Gotham City.

The two Hollywood actresses have now been picked as the top two prospects from a list of other emerging actresses who were previously screen-tested for the part according to Deadline, including Zoey Deutch, who starred in Why Him?, and Isabela Merced, who appeared in Sicario: Day of Soldado, for the role of Barbara Gordon in the HBO Max superhero film Batgirl.

Although the plot is is currently under wraps, the film will follow the storyline of the daughter of crime-fighting Commissioner James Gordon, aka “Batgirl.” The character first debuted in the DC comics in 1967, and this is the first real-life adaption of the character made for the big screen. Warner Bros. and DC Films will resume plans that were halted in 2018 after Avengers filmmaker Joss Whedon walked away from the superheroine film to focus on his Disney+ contract.

The directing duo Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi, known for Bad Boys For Life, are set to direct the film with the screenplay written by The Flash‘s Christina Hodson. DC Films has recently wrapped up The Batman starring Robert Pattinson set for release in March 2022.

The latest movie of the DC Films franchise, The Suicide Squad, with a star-studded cast including Margot Robbie, John Cena, Pete Davidson and Sylvester Stallone, will hit theaters on August 6.

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