At the beginning of the year, it was revealed that actress Jena Malone had been cast in Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman. Her role was never confirmed, but a drastically short, ginger haircut led everyone to speculate that she would be playing the role of Carrie Kelly, otherwise known as Robin.
A female Robin you say. Well yes, in Frank Millers graphic novel, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman’s sidekick is a girl. It’s no secret that Snyder is basing aspects of his movie on Miller’s Batman novel, so it seemed like the most appropriate role for her. I mean, give her some glasses and she could be Carrie Kelly’s doppelganger.
Well it turns out we were wrong because word on the grapevine suggests that Jena has supposedly been cast as none other than Barbara Gordon. Barbara is best known as being the vigilante Batgirl, but she has previously gone by a second alias during her time in Gotham City; Oracle.
You’ve probably all heard of Batgirl, but Oracle is a little less known. The character came to life after Babs was paralyzed by the Joker in Alan Moore’s graphic novel, Killing Joke. Instead of retiring from the superhero world, she combined her extensive computer knowledge, hacking abilities, and photographic memory together to form Oracle, who acts as an information network source for the superhero community.
So which Barbara is Jena Malone going to play; Batgirl or Oracle? As a massive fan of both characters – like, MASSIVE, I can’t particularly picture her playing either, but then.. I’m not sure I visioned Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor until I saw it with my own two eyes.
Thinking about Malone’s previous roles in Sucker Punch and Pride & Prejudice lead me to believe she would play a better Batgirl, but I would love to see Oracle on screen. What do you think? Batgirl or Oracle? Will Malone do the role justice?