Folks, meet Batgirl’s bestie, Alysia Yeoh. She is the first openly transgender character to star in a live-action DC Comics feature film and will be played by trans Filipina-American actress Ivory Aquino.
According to IGN, Alysia is a bartender who made her first appearance in Batgirl Vol.4 #1 in November 2011. The site also shared that Aquino’s casting was teased by actress Leslie Grace on Instagram Stories. Leslie, who will play Barbara Gordon AKA Batgirl, posted a photo of herself and Aquino with the caption “Barbara and Alysia.”
She joins co-stars J.K. Simmons, who will play Barbara’s father, Gotham City police commissioner Jim Gordon; Brendan Fraser as supervillain Garfield Lynns/Firefly, and Michael Keaton, who will reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman.
Details of the film’s plot have yet to be announced. However, a report by Nerdist suggests that it will cover Batgirl’s origin story. According to IMDb, the film is in production and is expected to arrive on HBO Max this year.
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