A now-deleted photo from the set of Batgirl is filled with references to several DC characters, including Batman, Superman, the Suicide Squad and Lex Luthor.
The photo, which has since been removed from Twitter for copyright reasons, showed the front page of The Gotham Globe, the newspaper featured in Batman Returns starring Michael Keaton. In particular, the front page headline revealed that Lex Luthor had been imprisoned in Belle Reve, the prison from which The Suicide Squad‘s Task Force X recruits prisoners for its missions. One headline on the back of the front page also read “Lois Lane Speaks Out,” while another at the very bottom seemingly mentioned Oswald Coppleplot, aka the Penguin.
The main headline shown in the photo read “Lex Luther Jailed In Belle Reve Prison,” though it is worth noting that Luthor’s name was misspelled. The character’s name was also misspelled in previously leaked photos from the set of Batgirl in January, which showed a cover of the Gotham Tattler advertising an interview with Luthor from Arkham Asylum. Jesse Eisenberg debuted as Luthor in the 2016 DC Extended Universe film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Batgirl will see the return of Keaton as Batman, who starred as the character in 1989’s Batman and Batman Returns in 1992. Keaton’s appearance in the DCEU film was teased in December 2021, before being officially confirmed when Batgirl star Leslie Grace, who will portray Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, welcomed the veteran Batman actor to the film. A series of recently released photos and videos from behind-the-scenes of the upcoming film offered a glimpse of Keaton’s upgraded batsuit alongside a younger Commissioner James Gordon, played by JK Simmons.
Batgirl was first announced in March 2017 and it was confirmed in 2021 that co-directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah would take over the project with a script from Christina Hodson, who wrote for The Flash and Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).
“With Batgirl, we hope to take the audience on a fun ride and see a different side of Gotham,” producer Kristin Burr said in May 2021. “Christina’s script is crackling with spirit. [Arbi and Fallah] have an excited and joyous energy which is infectious, making them the perfect filmmakers for this Batproject. And I’m just psyched I get to be part of the DC universe, which is super cool.”
Batgirl will premiere exclusively on HBO Max in 2022.