Imogen Poots

Imogen Poots

We’re lucky enough to see the star of Green Room, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, and Frank & Lola a few times a year, conquering all kinds of roles. Whatever the genre or story is, she’s always different and always game. Poots can go from role to role and disappear each time. Even when Poots isn’t in a particularly enjoyable movie, she does her job and delivers a fine performance. Her charismatic presence has helped elevate a few studio projects, like Need for Speed and That Awkward Moment. She can do drama, she can do comedy, and as Green Room showed, she can play a force to be reckoned with. So naturally, I think she’d make a killer Batgirl. (Jack Giroux)

Britt Robertson

Britt Robertston

After playing the feisty, tough young girl who saved the world from future annihilation in Tomorrowland, Britt Robertson still needs a big, meaty role to sink her teeth into. She’s dabbled in romantic comedy and even Nicholas Sparks cheesiness, but knowing what Robertson brought to the table as the strong, smart lead in the aforementioned Brad Bird-directed sci-fi adventure, she would make a great addition to the DC Expanded Universe, and she might even brighten it up a bit. Robertson is bound to get even more attention once her Netflix series Girlboss debuts, and it would be outstanding if her next step took her into superhero territory as Batgirl. (Ethan Anderton)

Gina Rodriguez

Gina Rodriguez

The human ray of sunshine that is Gina Rodriguez would be a much-needed breath of fresh air in the dark and oppressive DCEU, whose only hope for a reprieve from grayscale is Wonder Woman. But as much as Wonder Woman is austere, Batgirl is affable. And no one does affability better than the Jane the Virgin star, whose soapy, satirical show hinges on Rodriquez’s empathetic performance. The Latina actress would bring more color to the already diverse DC movie lineup (one of the best aspects of the DCEU) and add another layer of complexity to a character whose family expects her to pursue a more intellectual career while she yearns to fight for the cause on the streets.

Rodriguez is ready to don the cape too — any cape really — telling E! News, “I would love to be a superhero—that’s all I want to do is play a superhero … And let’s be real, I could kick some ass. We all know I could kick some ass.” (Hoai-Tran Bui)

Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Much like Ramona Flowers herself, thinking of Mary Elizabeth Winstead playing Batgirl is a dream come true. Having shown grit and attitude in both Scott Pilgrim vs the World and 10 Cloverfield Lane, you couldn’t ask for a more resilient or tough actress to play the DC Comics superheroine. Aside from her penchant for playing strong female characters, Winstead also has extensive range. If you don’t believe me, watch her in the indie drama Smashed and then give the CBS series BrainDead a watch. We’re only going to see more great stuff from her when she appears in the third season of Fargo, and I hope she ends up on the shortlist of hopefuls to play Batgirl after that. (Ethan Anderton)

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Shailene Woodley

We know Woodley can pull off the stunts in a film like Batgirl since we’ve seen her do similar things in the Divergent franchise. But the actress is coming off of some tremendous work on HBO’s Big Little Lies, where she balanced introspection, ferocity, and agony as her character in that limited series grappled with traumatic memories of being assaulted. If Whedon isn’t given full creative freedom, he may have to use his Batgirl movie as a way to ease the DCEU into the “heart, humor, and heroics” they’re trying to incorporate into future projects. That means Batgirl – which centers on a character who, in the comics, was assaulted by the Clown Prince of Crime – might still have a bit of a dark edge to it, and Woodley might be just the person to explore Barbara Gordon’s darker headspace as she transitions from the tech-savvy Oracle back into a more action-centric crimefighter. (Ben Pearson)

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