Ivory Aquino has been cast in the HBO Max feature film “Batgirl” as Alysia Yeoh. In the DC comic book series Yeoh is Barbara Gordon/Batgirl’s best friend, and she is also transgender. Aquino, too, is trans, and that means the actress – who previously co-starred in “Tales of the City” and “When We Rise” – will make history as the first trans character in a DC Comics movie.
Now, those of you paying attention will note that there’s been a DC Universe trans character on the CW series “Supergirl” (played by Nicole Maines), and that welcome first step has led to this exciting follow through with the DC film world. And of course the news broke first on Instagram. “Batgirl” star Leslie Grace (“In the Heights”) recently dropped the hint about the casting on her account, and it was just confirmed officially. As for the rest of the cast, “Batgirl” will feature J.K. Simmons and Brendan Fraser, as well as Michael Keaton as, yes, Batman. It all comes back around.