The upcoming film will be directed by Bad Boys For Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, and it will feature the DC debut of In The Heights star Leslie Grace as the titular Gotham vigilante.
Batgirl's place in the larger DCEU and plot details are still being kept under wraps, but it has been reported that J.K. Simmons, who portrayed Commissioner James Gordon in Justice League, is expected to return in the film.
The first official look at Batgirl was unveiled during DC FanDome 2021, with Grace and the directors showcasing concept art of the film.
Now, another cast member has been reported to be joining the HBO Max DC film.
Batgirl Adds Bad Boys For Life Actor
Deadline reported that Jacob Scipio has joined the cast of HBO Max's Batgirl in an unknown role. Scipio will co-star alongside Leslie Grace (Barbara Gordon) and J.K. Simmons (Jim Gordon) in the film.
Scipio's previous project was Bad Boys For Life, which was a film directed by Batgirl directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.
Examining Jacob Scipio's Batgirl Role
It is unknown who Scipio will be playing in Batgirl, but there's a strong chance that the actor will be portraying a major character in the film. It's reasonable to assume that Scipio could play the main villain of Batgirl, similar to his role in Bad Boys For Life, or he could portray the romantic interest of Grace's Barbara Gordon.
It is also fitting that Scipio is joining Batgirl since he gets to reunite with Bad Boys For Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, and it's safe to say that the trio would have a smooth transition in terms of their working relationship.
Scipio expressed interest in joining superhero films in a previous interview, with the actor admitting that the emergence of these movies is "great for cinema" while praising the "production value that goes into it." The actor's past statement should bode well for his upcoming Batgirl role, mainly because his passion seems poised to translate on-screen.
Scipio is also no stranger to big action sequences and his experience will be further bolstered due to his involvement in Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables 4. This would serve as an advantage when he joins Batgirl's production.
Batgirl currently has no release date, but it is already confirmed to be released on HBO Max.