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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Hunger Games Catching Fire Review

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Let’s start this by clearing the air, I hated Hunger Games so much. Before you start judging me, hear me out. The camera angles were problem number one. The way they would switch to hardcore handy cam when a death would occur drove me crazy. It made the deaths seem hoaxy, and it belittled some of their meanings. If it was satisfying with they handled Rue’s death and how Katniss’s major kill shot was rewarding then we have bigger problems to deal with. I also didn’t feel like the cast was fully developed and the characterization through out the film was not convincing: I did not believe the whole Peeta/Katniss love story, and god I was tired of all those shots to show off an angry Gale (she is not your woman, honey!). With that being said, I was super worried for Catching Fire and how it would play out.

Catching Fire was my favorite book in this series; it introduced my favorite character (Hello Finnick), it solidified Katniss’s feelings for Peeta, and it was the start of the revolution. With the various castings news I was always like, “hmm, he doesn’t seem right” or, “I don’t know how I feel about her”, but let me tell you there casting decisions were right.They were so right that they were almost perfect, especially for Finnick (Sam Claffin) and Johanna (Jena Malone). Jena Malone  truly adopted this character, and I cannot wait to see what she does with her in the next film. Same goes for Sam Claffin as we see Finnick’s back story come to light. This wasn’t the only thing that was right, there was also tremendous growth in Jennifer Lawrence‘s Katniss and Josh Hutcherson‘s Peeta. Now I know you are thinking, “Really? You weren’t satisfied with Jennifer Lawrence’s first performance as Katniss?” and the answer is no. Not because she wasn’t good but because she didn’t own the role, trust me she owned it and was all up in it for this movie. I was blown away, I cannot even begin to talk about how many times she blew me away. Trust me, I watched it twice and both times her performance gave me chills. We also see Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) being forced to choose between Katniss and Peeta, and in the end it leaves a severed relationships between him and the one he betrays. The whole cast came together this time, and they put on a hell of a show.

How else did they get it right? This was an actual PG-13 movie! There may not have been a lot of blood, but it showed the action, the depth, the hardships and it didn’t shy away from intense material. You know that scene is How Harry Met Sally? That was me through and through. Okay, maybe I didn’t get that excited but I love nothing more than when a movie can get a book right. I also enjoyed the scenes from within the capital between Plutarch  (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) and President Snow (Donald Sutherland), in Hunger Games they seemed forced but to feel President Snow’s hatred and then to see his realization of what was happening was brilliant. The most moving scene goes to The Victory Tour’s first stop at District 11, it was such a touching tribute to Rue that I couldn’t even handle it. This scene allows Katniss to see what she has inspired, but it also starts the bond between Katniss and Peeta as they rely on each other through the terrors that have to face from their hunger game. I know many critics called this film a stall sequel, but I can only guess that they didn’t read the books and were pissed off at that cliffhanger and pacing(the first two thirds of the book leads up to the Quarter Quell, and the games begin right afterwards making up only one third of the novel). My only advice to them and all people who are watching the movies without reading the books; call in sick for a week, go buy the books, and read now (once you start you will not be able to stop)!

Now I did have some complaints with the movie although they were minute. I despise Gale’s character and Liam Hemsworth‘s portrayal of him; I never cared for his dominant force and how he expected Katniss to be his. So when they decided to develop that romance more and have them kiss so much, I was a little ticked off. I was also thoroughly upset with the final scene, mostly because of that awful camera angle. It felt fake to me when the rest of the movie  worked so hard to lead up to that point.

No, this movie will not win any awards, but when you go out to see a blockbuster hit this is what you expect to see. I highly recommend a viewing of this film before it goes out a theaters. Overall, I give this film four out of five hand claps.