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Joss Whedon may cast an unknown for 'Batgirl'

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 4/20/2017 Andrea Mandell

© Provided by USA Today Where better to dig up info on the DC Universe than at a Marvel premiere?

At Wednesday night's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. II world premiere, we ran into Joss Whedon, who recently announced he's bringing Batgirl back to the big screen for Warner Bros. (That's right, the Avengers: Age of Ultron director is hop-scotching comic universes.)

So, what's he's thinking in terms of casting the iconic role?

"What I'm looking for in a Batgirl is probably somebody new," Whedon told us on the red carpet. "Somebody who is willing to go the distance. It is going to be hard. I want somebody who's going to get in the trenches with me."

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So far Whedon's only clues are in the comics. Entertainment Weekly reported the upcoming film will be based on the "New 52" version of Batgirl (aka Barbara Gordon). New 52 refers to DC's re-launch of their characters in the comics in 2011, a darker take in which Batgirl is paralyzed after an attack by the Joker. She regains her mobility through experimental surgery, but she's haunted by a near-death experience. 

"I know what she looks like in the comic books," Whedon told us. "We'll deviate if the right person is different. We haven't even begun the conversation, but it's about the spirit she exudes, not exactly what she looks like."

Ok, but what about an Alicia Silverstone cameo?

"It hasn't crossed my mind," said the director. "I'm not against it, but I'm not looking for Easter eggs – I'm still trying to write a movie!"

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