The Batgirl movie is making history by casting a trans actress in a major role, a first for the superhero movie genre.
Actress Ivory Aquino will bring the character Alysia Yeoh to the big screen in Batgirl when it launches this year on HBO Max. Aquino and Yeoh are both transgender, making this the first instance of a trans actress playing a trans character in a major superhero movie.
Leslie Grace will be playing the hero Batgirl, known as Barbara Gordon, while Aquino’s character is her roommate and best friend. The film also stars Michael Keaton as the caped crusader, reprising his role as Batman.
Trans Representation On The Big Screen
While trans actors have been a part of superhero movies before, none have played trans characters. Elliot Page had a role in the X-Men movies, and superhero TV has seen characters like Supergirl’s Nia Nal played by Nicole Maines.
But this casting may open the door for more trans representation in superhero movies. Kevin Feige, Marvel’s President, said in January 2020 that a trans character would be coming to the MCU in the near future. However, that still hasn’t happened, and DC have instead given us this important first casting.
It is always good to see representation particularly when it matches the source material – in the comics, Alysia is also a trans woman. The comics deal with issues surrounding trans identity, which is encouraging for people who hope to see that on-screen. It would be a shame to introduce this character and not try to tackle the issues they dealt with in the comics.
Before Batgirl, Ivory Aquino played transgender activist Cecilia Chung in the ABC miniseries “When We Rise”.
It’s fantastic to see Batgirl cast a trans actress for the first time in superhero history. Will you be watching the movie? Let us know on social media.
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