The 'Batgirl' Actress Shortlist Has Allegedly Been Leaked, and There Are Only Two Women of Color on It


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The DC Universe is getting ready to start production on Batgirl, which will presumably be an attempt to take on the success of Wonder Woman (opens in new tab). But, who is playing the winged hero, you ask? Potentially, one of a few very white actresses.

The film's casting shortlist has allegedly been leaked by a Reddit user (opens in new tab) who said "a friend of mine was recently contacted by WB to work on concept art for the upcoming Batgirl film," and that "WB wants to get an actress signed by SDCC so they can make an surprise announcement on stage during their presentation." As Paste Magazine (opens in new tab) notes, neither the network nor director have confirmed the information at this time, but it leaves something to be desired. If what you desire is a group of actresses with diversity, that is.

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While all these actresses on this list are talented and would make wonderful Batgirls, they're also all white with the exception of Indian actress Naomi Scott, and Bella Thorne, who is Latina. What about other young actresses of color like Amandla Stenberg and Yara Shahidi? Or Medalion Rahimi? The only way Hollywood will become more diverse is if the people in charge of casting include actors of color in their casting pools. *heavy sigh*

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Mehera Bonner is a news writer who focuses on celebrities and royals.