The forthcoming HBO Max superhero film Batgirl is bolstering LGBTQIA representation with the character of Alysia Yeoh, who will be played by Ivory Aquino, who appeared in When They See Us, Tales of the City as well as Isabel Sandoval’s critically acclaimed film Lingua Franca.
Deadline reports that Aquino has been added to the cast that includes Leslie Grace as the titular hero as well as J.K. Simmons reprising his role as Gotham City police commissioner Jim Gordon. The film also stars Jacob Scipio and will see the return of Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman as well as Brendan Fraser in an undisclosed villain role.
Batgirl is based on the DC comics created by writer Gail Simone and artist Ardian Syaf. will be directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Bad Boys for Life). Kristin Burr is producing the film scripted by Christina Hodson. We have no idea what Batgirl has in store for us but it will center on the commissioner and his daughter Barbara (aka Batgirl).
This is the continuing quest of superhero movies including authentic queer representation. We saw it in Eternals with Brian Tyree Henry’s Phastos and now we are seeing it with Aquino. She will play Barbara’s best friend, trans bartender Alysia Yeoh, who appears in the comics. As far as I know, this is the first time we have seen a main character of a trans experience in the DCEU — and we are here for it.