It seems that Leslie Grace was manifesting the role of Batgirl since she was a child and she didn’t even know it.
In a new interview with Elle, Grace is sharing some of her own background with the role of Batgirl and what she is doing to prepare for it. “I always loved the idea of superheroes, but I didn’t grow up in a typical Dominican home reading comics or watching the animated series on TV,” said Grace. “So now I’m doing all this research and nerding out learning about parallel universes. It’s funny, though—I have a best friend named Nadia, whom I’ve known for like 16 years. We met when my family moved to Florida and we lived in the same neighborhood. We’ve been like sisters ever since. We always got into trouble as kids, so we started calling each other Batman and Robin. I had a black Jeep, so we called it the Grace-mobile. When Nadia found out that I got the role of Batgirl, she was like “All this time, we’ve been manifesting this.””
As to what she sees as the journey of Barbara Gordon, it’s one of becoming your own hero. “I can’t say much about what she is going to do, but Batgirl becomes her own hero. [Her origin story] is crazy dark, like a lot of other superheroes, but I like that she becomes Batgirl because she wants to make a difference in the world.” Grace went on to add, “She feels like people underestimate her as Barbara Gordon, and I relate to that. I’m the youngest of my siblings and sometimes I still feel like a little kid inside. When I really want to do something, and people underestimate me, I’m like, “Okay, I’m just going to do it and not say anything about it.” It’s that energy of being self-determined. You can’t be afraid to be your own hero, and I think girls need to see that. We all need to see characters that are willing to be autonomous.”
No release date has been announced for Batgirl as of yet.
IMAGE SOURCE: Depositphotos – Leslie Grace – Jean_Nelson