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‘Batgirl’ casts Ivory Aquino as first trans character in DC Comic film

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HBO Max’s feature film “Batgirl” announced that it casted Ivory Aquino as Alysia Yeoh, a bartender and the best friend of on-screen heroine Gordon.Both Yeoh and Aquino are transgender, marking a historical step for LGBTQIA+ representation as the first live-action feature film for DC Comics franchise that will feature a trans character.She’s slated to perform on-screen along with Leslie Grace, Brendan Fraser, Michael Keaton, J.K.

Simmons and Jacob Scipio for the upcoming film adaptation, based on the comic created by Gail Simone with art by Ardian Syaf.While details of the movie are still hushed, Deadline reported that the movie will focus on Batgirl’s battle with the villain Firefly, played by Fraser.

Keaton will also revive his role as Batman from his 1989 and 1992 “Batman” days with Tim Burton.News of Aquino’s casting was accidentally leaked online earlier this month after Grace posted an Instagram story of the pair on set, tagging Aquino and alluding to her role as Yeoh.Most known for her roles in Netflix’s “When They See Us,” ABC’s “When We Rise” and various series such as “Blue Bloods,” Aquino’s casting is just one of the many strides filmmakers have made to encourage LBGTQIA+ representation recently.CW’s “Supergirl” included the first trans superhero on television with character Dreamer, played by Nicole Maines.

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