Batgirl Star Teases Michael Keaton’s Amazing Batman Return

Before the end of the year, HBO Max will offer an exclusive streaming release of DC films with Leslie Grace’s bat girl, Barbara Gordon’s first live solo release. This film will also see DC veteran Michael Keaton return to play his version of Batman, which will be his first return to the franchise in 30 years after his last appearance in 1992. Return of Batman.

Keaton’s return was the hot topic of the DC Universe for nearly two years after news broke that he would be reprising the role from Ezra Miller. the flash, opening up DC’s Multiverse for the first time. This older version of Bruce Wayne will play a mentoring role of sorts for Grace’s rising heroine as she finds herself deep in Gotham’s latest crime spree.

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While the story details for bat girl are still being kept under wraps, the new film is set to bring together two generations of Caped Crusader sagas within the expanding DC Extended Universe. Now, as the Batman spinoff moves into post-production, Keaton’s new co-star has shared how special it was to be a part of the experience alongside him.

Leslie Grace sings the praises of Michael Keaton

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bat girl Star Leslie Grace spoke with Variety about his time on set with Batman icon Michael Keaton.

Looking back on her first time on set, Grace shared how directors Billal Fallah and Adil El Arbi “were like two little children” when Keaton arrives:

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“It was crazy for everyone. Our directors were like two little kids. They’re openly legit Batman nerds. It’s Batman, man! I couldn’t even believe I was sharing space with Batman. I wanna say more, but I can’t. It was crazy, surreal, unbelievable. It was truly a dream.”

She also mentioned how JK Simmons plays her father, Commissioner Gordon, whom she admitted to being nervous due to his impending on-set presence. Eventually the two became “best of friends” as he shared stories about his upbringing and the early stages of his acting career:

“And JK Simmons playing my dad. That’s my pop. I was so nervous because all I could hear in my head was his voice in ‘Whiplash’. What would he do and say if I didn’t didn’t get something good? [Laughs]. Then we became best friends. And he just told me all his great early stories and being a waiter and working in a pizza place and trying to be an actor and do theatre.”

Grace then moved on to the film’s villain in Brendan Fraser’s Firefly, whom she called “such a huge teddy bear” even though he’s supposed to be the one she’s trying to stop in the story. She ended by looking at how her character “(exceeded) what[elle pensait]”[shethought”[shethought” in terms of being a badass, sharing how she has stunts and “crazy drops” this will be part of the action:

“She’s definitely beyond what I thought. I had to call on things inside of me that I didn’t even know were there. It was an amazing learning experience to be on set with veterans of acting like Brendan Fraser, and soaking it all up. It was so hard because he’s our bad guy and I’m not supposed to like it, but he’s a huge teddy bear. He’s the one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. In our fight sequences, the way he was hitting marks, he came from all his experience. You can’t improvise that kind of experience. There’s stuff happening. There’s a lot of fire because as everyone knows by now, he plays Firefly. There’s crazy fire. There’s crazy stunts, crazy drops. She’s a biker, so you’re going to see her doing a lot of badassery.

Batgirl Speeds Up The Action With Keaton’s Batman

Michael Keaton is one of the biggest names in superhero movies, having won for his roles with Marvel Studios. Spider Man films and the first generation of Batman movies. Having someone with that kind of story in the movie only adds more excitement to what’s to come, especially for someone like Grace who is shooting her first DC movie.

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Looking at Grace’s quotes, the relationship between her and Keaton off-camera seems quite similar to how Batgirl and Batman work together in the real-life story on screen. The mentor/mentee bond between the two is something that will help drive the narrative forward, and the way Grace admires co-stars like Keaton and Fraser should also be something fans feel through their roles.

Keaton currently has at least two appearances planned for the DCEU between the flash and bat girl, with rumors pointing to Warner Bros wanting him to be the main Caped Crusader in the entire story. For now, his influence is having a clear effect on Grace as she joins the franchise, and fans are certainly looking forward to seeing more of how they work together.

bat girl is set to debut on HBO Max this year.

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