Dreams Do Come True: Batgirl Casting

Mark March 30, 2017 down as one of the greatest days of my life. A Batgirl film was finally announced, with Joss Whedon at the helm to write and direct it. You might think it is an exaggeration, but my husband begs to differ. I fancy it is because I even talk about it in my sleep. In my head, I already have the ideal movie script and cast. While I may ponder my full ideal cast and story at a later time, I first wanted to play with who could take on the Batgirl cowl. Of course, I have a clear favorite, but there are others I wouldn’t be disappointed in taking the lead. There are also a very few that I want nowhere near the role (looking at you, Anna Kendrick and Jena Malone). I digress. On to the main point, who is our Barbara Gordon?

First off, I have a very clear image of Barbara Gordon. Red hair, librarian/girl next door cute, smart with a taste of sarcastic wittiness. This is my Barbara Gordon. She cares about others and she doesn’t take your shit. Plain and simple. She’s my cup of tea.

4. Karen Gillan 

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When it comes down to the look, Karen Gillan pretty much nails it. Her bright red hair and ability to rock the girl next door style leaves me pretty much charmed. Also, there are no concerns about her acting abilities. From Doctor Who to Guardians of the Galaxy and even Selfie, she’s always brought a fresh dewiness to the roll. My biggest concern with Gillan is her active role in the Marvel universe. Sure, she is unrecognizable as Nebula, but she is even slated to be in Avengers: Infinity War. I have no doubts that Marvel will not want to share.

3. Olivia Cooke

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The youngest of the bunch, Olivia Cooke has the opportunity to bring a naivety to the role that no other actress on the list could match. If they were going with a Batgirl origin story, I think Cooke could be their girl. Personally, I prefer a slightly aged up version, but I would be interested in seeing how Cooke could put her own flair on the Batgirl mantra. I’m the most unfamiliar with her work, only seeing her in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. While she seems to be typically casted in “scream girl” roles, I’m excited to see what she brings to the table in Ready Player One. Is she the Barbara Gordon the world didn’t know they needed?

2. Jane Levy

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If there is one person who could nail Barbara Gordon’s sassy wit right off the bat, it is Jane Levy. Have doubts? Watch her in Suburgatory. You will fall in love, and wonder why this darling tv show was cancelled. It was ahead of its time, but we can write those wrongs by giving Levy her time to shine. Similar to Cooke, Levy has been a little bit of a Scream Queen, but she has shined in every role. Any role that allows Levy to showcase her witty charm, you can sign me up for. Also, if we are going with the Batgirl of Burnside story, Levy knows how to navigate going from a big city to a town.

1. Emma Stone

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I know, you get it. I love Emma Stone. But do you know why I love Emma Stone? It started with House Bunny, rumbled in Zombieland and solidified in Easy A. This was the girl who I wanted to be Barbara Gordon. She embodies the role with her comedic timing, clever tongue and down to earth personality. This is always what I’ve known of Batgirl, and Stone is who I wanted to personify it on the big screen. Ironically, Stone played my second favorite female comic character of all time, Gwen Stacy. They both have a similar sharpness that makes them stick out. At the end of the day, both of these characters always loved their respective significant others for who they were, not the costumes they wore to save the day. Even more so, both of these ladies kicked ass in their chosen fields. Look at both of them shine today, as our current Batgirl and Spider-Gwen. Back to the main point, Stone is the cheeky detective we need and the sassy heroine we want when it comes to Barbara Gordon.

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Bore in the Streets, Snore in the Streets: The Secret Adversary Review

I love Agatha Christie. When most people ask my favorite author, it’s a rapid fire response about the brilliance that is Christie. Her mysteries are smart, compelling and, typically, keep you guessing to the end. With “Secret Adversary“, the pulse is novel thrives on discovering Mr. Brown’s identity. Unfortunately, that’s where the comparisons stop.  It’s unlikely you will find me continuing with The Young Adventures, Ltd. on any of their other journeys.

Maybe it is modern day marketing (and I don’t say this lightly as a public relations professional), but the back of the book drew me in with it’s description: two young lovers solving crimes and always on the run. Yet, nothing about it felt electric. Tommy and Tuppence genuinely care about each other, but the relationship always felt brother/sister-like. Their engagement at the end was not the end goal of my reading. It happened, but I would have been okay if it didn’t.

What the book does right is the characterization of Tuppence: quick-witted, smart mouthed and full of wonder. Alone, I hope I could follow her along as she stumbles into these highly dangerous situations. On the other hand, I’m okay if Tommy wants to sit on the sidelines. While I compliment Christie’s development of characters, he just sagged against Tuppence’s brightness. They were a fine pair, but he just seemed to exist.

Moving on, the characterization of Mr. Brown was fascinating. An ever changing chameleon, no one could ever pinpoint his true identity. While it seemed like he hid in the shadows, he was always in broad daylight. Don’t let me fool you, he isn’t a Moriarty or Joker. But he held his own, and built an interesting counterpart to the Young Adventures.

The story itself was your typical mystery. There was nothing that stood out or made it revolutionary. While it kept you guessing who Mr. Brown was, the mystery at hand wasn’t all that compelling or seductive. You knew the culprit after a few chapters, you just had to discover his identity. Sure, there was the aspect of finding Jane Finn, but even that unraveled rather quickly (or shall I say, felt transparent). This wasn’t as page-turning as “And Then There Were None“, but it found its charms through characters.

Ultimately, “The Secret Adversary” is what I’ve grown to love about Agatha Christie, but a little lacking on the heart of other mysteries. While I feel this way, I know many other cherish Tuppence and Tommy and enjoy some of the other adventures they tackle together. Please never let my words make you hesitate on whether or not you should pick up a book. Everyone has their own cup of tea they enjoy.

Don’t worry about my love of Christie diminishing, either. I will be following up with “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” and “The Body in the Library“. The latter of which follows my favorite protagonist, Miss Marple. The former, of course, is lead by Hercules Poirot, who is a fine literary hero in his own right. Every mystery gives you something to unravel, it’s just about finding what your book soul is searching for in that moment.