Batgirl Set Photo Teases Another Batman ’89 Character’s DCEU Debut

A new behind-the-scenes photo from HBO Max’s upcoming DCEU movie, Batgirl, references Vicki Vale, a main character from 1989’s Batman.

A main character from 1989 Batman could join the DC Extended Universe in bat girl.

A behind-the-scenes photo from the set of the film, taken by Steve Colmer and shared via the bat girl Film News account on Twitter, shows the cover of the fictional magazine’s November 2022 issue Gotham Life. Among the featured articles is one titled “Vicki Vale: A Life Behind the Lens — A Review of Her Superb Photojournalism,” by Lindsey McGee. “Vicki Vale is back in the DCEU!” reads the text of the tweet.

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Beginnings in 1948 Batman #49 by Bill Finger, Jim Mooney and Ira Schnapp, Vicki Vale is a journalist who has worked for several publications across Gotham City. Her job often involves interacting with Batman, which leads Vicki to investigate the mystery of his secret identity – unaware that it is her recurring lover, Bruce Wayne. Kim Basinger played Vicki in the 1989s Batman, where she served as both a love interest for Bruce Wayne and a victim to be terrorized by the Joker. Basinger was to reprise the role in early sequel versions, 1992 Batman Return, but was dropped from the final draft to make way for a romance with Selina Kyle/Catwoman. The film explained Vicki’s absence by hinting that she ultimately couldn’t come to terms with Bruce’s double life.

Vicki is not the only part of the original Batman comeback movie for bat girl. In December 2021, a cast list for the film revealed that Michael Keaton would reprise his role as the Dark Knight after doing so in the shine. Leslie Grace, who plays Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, casually confirmed Keaton’s casting, saying, “the bat is out of the bag.” Set photos also indicate that Keaton could don a new Batman costume for the film.

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Fans found heaps of Easter eggs hidden in behind-the-scenes photos of bat girl‘s Glasgow set, leading to speculation about what may or may not be canon in the DCEU. A front-page article from another in-universe magazine teases, ‘The Dark Truth Behind the Court of Owls’, the elite cult cabal quietly controlling Gotham City, while a poster features someone who looks like the Professor Hugo Strange, a corrupt scientist and psychologist obsessed with Batman. One of the murals that show off the Dark Knight’s new costume also features Robin, indicating that the Boy Wonder is still a well-known figure in the DCEU and may even have a role to play in the story.

bat girl will stream exclusively on HBO Max, but a release date has yet to be announced.

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