Every new detail about DC’s Batgirl movie seems to intrigue fans, especially the idea of finally seeing Barbara Gordon / Batgirl (Leslie Grace) brought to life in a modern movie context.
The supporting cast of the HBO Max exclusive film has begun to fill out — and a new series of set photos showcase one of the most unique pairings of characters that will occur in the film.
The photos, which you can check out below, show Commissioner James Gordon (J.K. Simmons) sharing the screen with a double wearing Michael Keaton’s Batman costume.
This confirms that the duo — who don’t previously have any ties to each other canonically, with Simmons previously serving as the Gordon for Ben Affleck’s Batman — will share the screen in some capacity. It also provides a detailed look at Keaton’s new costume, which seems to be updated from its original appearance in Tim Burton’s Batman films.
Man, Keaton is still the GODDAMN BATMAN!
Here's the clearest shot of Michael Keaton's Batsuit on the set of #Batgirl
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Photos Reveal That Michael Keaton Will Have Leather Update In His Suit.
While some images of Keaton’s classic suit have been revealed in recent months, these images are some of the best fans have seen yet.
Also, due to Commissioner Gordon’s hair and younger appearance in these shots, this scene is likely a flashback sequence and evidence of how Ben Affleck’s Batman history could be erased due to events from The Flash.
The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship
While The Flash offers a number of interesting storytelling prospects, the return of ’90s Batman, courtesy of Michael Keaton, is one of the film’s biggest draws. Fortunately, these leaked photos confirm that the nostalgia train doesn’t stop with Ezra Miller’s film but continues on into Batgirl.
In terms of the film’s story, this flashback sequence also appears to be key to Batgirl’s origin story and her connection to Keaton as her potential mentor, since Barbara Gordon is Commissioner Gordon’s daughter. It’s also likely integral to the relationship between DCEU’s Jim Gordon and Michael Keaton’s Batman as well.
Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first superhero franchise that J.K. Simmons and Michael Keaton have been part of. In fact, both actors played roles in Tom Holland’s MCU Spider-Man trilogy with J.K. Simmons somewhat reprising his role as The Daily Bugle’s J. Jonah Jameson in the post-credits scene of Spider-Man: Far From Home and then in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Meanwhile, Keaton played the web-slinger’s primary antagonist, the Vulture, in Spider-Man: Homecoming and appears to be reprising that role in Sony’s upcoming film, Morbius, in some form or fashion.