“Drive” and “Only God Forgives” director Nicolas Winding Refn has previously expressed his interest in tackling a superhero film, and now it seems he may have staked his claim on a property – Batgirl.
The Danish filmmaker, whose “The Neon Demon” opened this past Friday, tells Business Insider that he’s deliberately looking out for a hero that hasn’t been adapted into a 21st century, live-action, superhero blockbuster yet – and Barbra Gordon fits the bill:
“What ones are left? You know the one I want to do? I want to make Batgirl. Let’s get Warner working on it… I would love to make one [a superhero film], it would probably be great fun. I just don’t know when it’s going to happen. I very much enjoy my freedom creatively, but I also would love to make one of those big Hollywood films that costs a lot of money and has a lot of people running around with cell phones and all that insanity.”
It was previously rumored that Jena Malone, who also appears in “Neon Demon,” had been cast as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” before the film hit cinemas, but her scenes were cut. Those who’ve seen them have since confirmed that she’s playing another character.
It is, however, expected that the Batgirl character will become a part of the DC Extended Universe, with Refn’s filmmaking style not an obvious choice for a film that’s just one piece of a larger gameplan by the studio. However, unconventional choices for directors seems to be the thing to do with superhero films these days from David Ayer on “Suicide Squad” to Taika Waititi for the next Thor and Patty Jenkins for the “Wonder Woman” film.