Batgirl Star Leslie Grace Shares New Training Video For DC Movie

Leslie Grace, star of the upcoming Batgirl film, has shared a new look at part of her unique training regimen for the DC movie. Barbara Gordon is finally about to get her very own standalone film, which will forego a theatrical run in favor of a release on HBO Max. Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who are best known for their work on last year's Bad Boys For Life, have been confirmed to be directing the film, while Birds of Prey and Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson has already penned the script.

Grace was among three other actors to reportedly be up for the role, including Haley Lu Richardson, Zoey Deutch, and Isabela Merced, but it was announced in July that she had officially been given the part. Grace is best known for her work in In the Heights and Miss Bala and will mark the first Latinx actor to ever play the role. While little is known about the film thus far, it has also been confirmed that actor Brendan Fraser has been cast as the villain, reportedly Firefly, and that J.K. Simmons will be reprising his role as Commissioner Gordon.

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In a new video posted to her Twitter, Grace shares part of the training regimen she's taken up in order to prepare for her role as Batgirl. The short clip, which includes upbeat music and the caption "when they ask how's batgirl training going…," shows the DCEU actor, with the help of a trainer, doing a series of back-bridge exercises. The clip ends with Grace doing rolls on her back. Check out Grace's original Tweet below:

While not unexpected, the clip reinforces that there will be a great deal of physicality to the role, due to the film's fight scenes. Grace is the latest of many actors to physically prepare for roles in the Batman universe, with Ben Affleck famously getting incredibly buff to the play the superhero in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Where Grace differs from Affleck's approach, at least in terms of what this clip shows, is that her exercises focus on flexibility instead of just brute strength.

It's too early to say, of course, what approach Batgirl will take when it comes to combat, but Grace's workout hints that the fighting style will involve enhanced maneuverability on top of the regular punching and kicking fans can expect from a Gotham City crimefighter. While many movie fight scenes involve the use of stunt performers, it's reassuring to know that Grace is dedicated to to capturing the physicality of the character on screen. No release date is currently set for Batgirl, but it has been confirmed that the film will drop on HBO Max at some point in 2022.

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Source: Leslie Grace/ Twitter



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