Batgirl Officially Casts Ivory Aquino As DCEU’s First Trans Character

Ivory Aquino officially joins the cast of the feature film Batgirl as the first transgender character to appear in the DC Extended Universe.

When we get up Ivory Aquino has joined the cast of the upcoming bat girl feature film, confirming earlier reports that she will appear in the upcoming DC Extended Universe movie.

The transgender actor will play Barbara Gordon’s best friend and housemate, Alysia Yeoh, according to Variety. Alysia, which was first featured in a 2011 issue of bat girl written by Gail Simone and drawn by Ardian Syaf, is also transgender. Her inclusion in the film will mark the first time an openly trans character will appear in a live-action feature film adaptation of a DC title.

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Reports of Aquino’s casting first surfaced last week when the film’s principal, Leslie Grace, posted a photo that appeared to show two women crossing the street on the film’s set to her Instagram story. In addition to tagging Aquino, Grace captioned the snap, “Barbara and Alysia.” Additional photos leaked from set over the past few days also gave fans their first glimpse of Grace wearing an accurate version of the Batgirl costume.

Aquino is probably best known for portraying trans activist Cecilia Chung in 2017. When we get up, a documentary mini-series about LGBTQ+ rights in the United States. Aquino’s other credits include recurring roles on the television series Blue Bloods, FBI: Most Wanted and New Amsterdam.

Prior to Aquino’s casting as Yeoh, DC made huge strides in expanding LGBTQ+ representation in several of its television series. The CWs super girl The series notably included the first trans superhero on TV with the introduction of Nicole Maines’ Dreamer, while the title superhero’s sister Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) came out as a lesbian in Season 2. main character of The CW’s batman was also always portrayed as a lesbian and was portrayed by fluid actor Ruby Rose in season 1 and bisexual actor Javicia Leslie in later seasons.

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Other DC properties that have managed to branch out include the DC Animated Series harley quinn and the Margot Robbie directed Birds of prey film, both of which featured stories involving LGBTQ+ characters.

While the plot details for bat girl remain rare, it was previously suggested that the film would draw heavily from 2003 Batgirl: Year One, by Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon, Marcos Martin and Alvaro Lopez. It’s also been confirmed that Michael Keaton will reprise his role as Batman in the film, and Brendan Fraser will play villain Garfield Lynns/Firefly. In addition, bat girl is rumored to set up a Black Canary-centric solo movie.

bat girl will premiere exclusively on HBO Max in 2022. The film does not yet have an exact release date at this time.

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Source: Variety

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