New Batgirl set photos tease some bigger connections to the wider DC universe.
The film stars Leslie Grace as the titular Vigilant, while Michael Keaton returns as Batman. Bad Boys for Life directors Adil El Arabi and Bilal Falah are in the directors’ chair.
While Batgirl is leading the film, it seems to have some bigger links with the rest of the DCEU as well. A photo from the set reveals a magazine cover for Gotham Tatler, with a headline that reads “Billionaire villain Lex Luthor Hires New Lawyer to Appeal Sentencing.” Luther is usually spelled as Luther, so whether this is a typo or a slight variation in the name remains to be seen.
The cover also makes reference to a bombing in the Capitol. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Luthor plans to explode the building in time for a hearing on Superman. The villain also ends up in Arkham Asylum following the events of the film, which sees him doomed to a monstrous doomsday — and by the sounds of things, he’s still there.
A Batman v Superman reference on the set of #Batgirl! Gotham Tatler references Lex Luthor and the Capitol building bombing! #GrannysPeachTea[📸 @pepsicereza] pic.twitter.com/VilM13ThV213 January 2022
It’s not the only Easter egg in the new photos. Another set photo references The Court of Owls. In DC Comics, it’s a sinister group that runs Gotham City from the shadows—and once attempted to enlist the original Robin, Dick Grayson. Take a closer look at the cover of the magazine, and you’ll spot a “former circus child star” who suggests Owl tried to recruit her. Grayson was part of a trapeze act with his parents as a child, and another set photo has already revealed Robin is present in the film.
Owl’s Court #Batgirl[📸 @danieljohncaven] pic.twitter.com/KWQQ8W2ihM13 January 2022
Then, one magazine cover features Black Canary, which fits in with a poster of the singer/superhero already seen on set, and another magazine makes reference to Vicki Vale, the journalist who was last seen as the elder in Batman in 1989. was seen on screen.
Black Canary featured on the cover of ‘Gotham Pulse’ magazine on the set of ‘Batgirl’. alive and well! pic.twitter.com/z3hUMlfgME13 January 2022
Vicki Vale is back at the DCEU! #batgirl [📸@steve_colmer] pic.twitter.com/Xt18NCAIrp13 January 2022
It remains to be seen whether any of these easter eggs will be a big part of the plot, or are just fun references to the rest of the universe.
Batgirl doesn’t have a release date yet, but is expected to be on HBO Max in 2022. In the meantime, check out our guide to watching DC movies to get up to speed on the DCEU.