In late 2022, Warner Bros. will bring its first-ever streaming movie within the DCEU as Leslie Grace's Batgirl makes its debut on HBO Max. With the franchise's last movies coming in 2020's Wonder Woman 1984 and 2021's The Suicide Squad, Batgirl will deliver a fresh take in regards to DCEU storytelling. Providing yet another addition to the Bat legacy, this movie boasts plenty of ties to the established DCEU canon story as well.
The core connection fans will see in this movie comes through Michael Keaton's Batman, who is returning to the role with a furious vengeance after being away from the cape and cowl for nearly three decades. His interactions with his young protégé will be something special to watch out for as the young heroine takes on Gotham's latest crime spree.
Outside of this relationship, there will most likely be other nods to events and characters from the DCEU's past in Barbara Gordon's first solo adventure. Now, it's been confirmed that at least one movie will have some influence on this HBO Max venture, although it's something of an unexpected one.
Wonder Woman 1984's Ties with Batgirl
Glasgow Live's Craig Williams shared new behind-the-scenes images from the set of Warner Bros.' Batgirl, which is premiering on HBO Max this year.
These shots included a look at a van with the company name "Stagg Enterprises" on the side.
Prepping to shoot some big #Batgirl scenes in and around George Square. Lots of cars, signage and blue screens going up. pic.twitter.com/foyGjU80uv
This is a nod to Batman villain Simon Stagg, who played a role in 2020's Wonder Woman 1984 and owned the company Stagg Industries International. Oliver Cotton played the role for Warner Bros. in Gal Gadot's solo sequel.
Batman & Wonder Woman & Batgirl In One
It's unclear how big of a role Stagg Enterprises will play in the overarching plot of Batgirl, but these images confirm just how interconnected the film is with the rest of the DCEU.
In Wonder Woman 1984, Simon Stagg invested in Max Lord's Black Gold Cooperative before realizing that Lord was running a Ponzi scheme the entire time. He ended up getting arrested after Lord wished for it with the Dreamstone, although these new images indicate that his company lives on long after Max Lord's short-lived reign of terror.
While he was introduced in a movie centered on Wonder Woman, Stagg's ties to Batman could come more into play with this Easter egg in Leslie Grace's Batgirl movie. It's highly unlikely that he's still alive with this movie coming nearly 40 years after the events of Wonder Woman 1984, but his influence could still be something Barbara Gordon sees in Gotham.
Regardless of the specifics, this image once again shows how deeply connected the DCEU's projects are with one another, especially as Warner Bros. continues to expand. This should be one of many nods to the greater universe as the franchise introduces another brand new heroine.
Batgirl is set to debut on HBO Max in late 2022.