Does this mean the film is also set to introduce Dick Grayson in some shape or form? Possibly, but there’s a bigger question: WHICH Robin is this? There are at least two possibilities: 1) since this film is set in the DCEU, where Ben Affleck’s Bruce is Batman (as far as we know until The Flash fiddles with the multiverse), this mural could actually be referencing the Boy Wonder who died before the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, or 2) this is actually confirmation that Keaton’s Batman did eventually take a Robin under his wing after Batman Returns.
The latter certainly wouldn’t be out of left field. Although Keaton’s Batman was largely a loner, with his second outing in particular confronting his loneliness among the other “freaks” of Gotham, there were originally plans to introduce Robin in Tim Burton’s Batman sequel. Actor Marlon Wayans was even cast in the role before the character was nixed from the movie by Burton. Could Batgirl retroactively give Keaton the Robin his Batman never had in the early ’90s? And what would this Robin be up to now?
In another corner of Gotham, there’s also a billboard that may be alluding to one of the Caped Crusader’s oldest foes: the mad scientist Huge Strange. A recurring villain since the 1940s, Strange was one of the first supervillains to figure out Batman’s true identity, and has often tried to exploit that knowledge for his own gain. It remains to be seen if this poster means that Strange is on his way to the DCEU or if this is just a fun easter egg.
References to Black Canary can also be found in the streets of Gotham. One poster seems to tease an appearance or new album from Dinah’s rock band, which is also named Black Canary. Dinah has headlined a band in the comics since 2015. Another poster shows her in a more traditional superhero costume, complete with a mask.
There have long been rumors that Batgirl could bring in other members of the Birds of Prey team, including Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), but that’s more wishful thinking than fact at the moment.
What we do know for sure is that Batgirl is coming to HBO Max and is directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Bad Boys for Life) from a script by Christina Hodson. The movie is currently slated for a 2022-2023 release on the streaming service.
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