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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5 Songs You Should Listen To This Week

Music is the universal tether that holds this world together.  Okay, maybe that was a bit dramatic, but it does bring a lot of people together whether it is for a simple karaoke night or a full blown out music festival (think Coachella or Austin City Limits). Well, to get you ready for the weekend I have complied a short list of songs you should be jamming out to right this second.

1. Come and Get Your Love by Redbone

While this may not be an obvious choice, it is definitely something you should turn up when it pops on the radio. But do you know how the best way to listen to it is? By buying the whole Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack. It is titled Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 for a reason. It is the feel good album of the summer, so turn off your local station (which is likely playing Ariana Grande on repeat) and get yours hands on something worth listening to. 

2. Jolene by Lucy Hale

You are probably saying, “psh, country music isn’t my cup of tea,” or “No one can top Dolly Parton’s verision,” but I think you might be wrong. I am not really a huge fan of country music myself, but Lucy Hale‘s debut album Road Between made me reconsider my view on the genre. I dipped even deeper when she performed this classic live at the Honda Stage. While she has just broke into the country music scene, I see her being there for a long time.

3. Save Room by John Legend 

This little diddy has been out for awhile, but it definitely gets your toes tapping. For those of you who recognize the song, you either love John Legend or you heard it in the opening scene for Crazy, Stupid, Love. Either way, it is the perfect song to set a romantic mood or to simply have going on in the background while you are cleaning the house. The choice is yours, just remember to give it a listen.

4. Ticking Bomb by Aloe Blacc

If you haven’t listened to Aloe Blacc by now, I am deeply disappointed in you. While I love most of his music, his newest album, Lift Your Spirit, took his talent to the next level. It is hard not to get lost in his songs because his voice carries so much soul and passion. And while I love Sam Smith as well, this is really who you should be checking out if you want a voice that can move you.

5. Lucky Strike by Maroon 5

I first heard this song when I was getting my hair done last week, which is a surprise because I love Maroon 5. During that time I couldn’t stop bobbing my head, much to my hair dresser’s dismay. The point is, this song has an infectious sound that is great for crazy dancing around the room or for a high intensity work out. My only advice is to play it wisely, or your hair might pay the ultimate price.