Ivory Aquino Joins DC’s ‘Batgirl’ Film as Their First Trans Character


Barbara Gordon’s best friend has arrived.

Ivory Aquino (Tales of the City and When We Rise) has snagged the role of Alysia Yeoh, the titular superhero a.k.a. Barbra Gordon’s roommate/best friend, in HBO Max’s upcoming film Batgirl.

As both Aquino and Yeoh are transgender, this will be the first live-action DC film to feature an openly trans character. Yeoh has been in the comics for over a decade now, and this film appearance is another step forward in DC’s continued efforts toward broader LGBTQ+ representation.

Aquino joins J.K. Simmons (as Barbara’s father, Gotham City police commissioner Jim Gordon), Brendan Fraser (as the unspecified main villain), Michael Keaton (reprising his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman), and Jacob Scipio (in an unknown role) as supporting cast to Leslie Grace‘s title character.

Batgirl does not yet have a set release date, but you can continue to check back here for all the Batgirl news as it emerges.

LeeAnn is children's librarian who joined Nerds and Beyond in 2020 as a way to stretch her writing skills and connect with others who have the same pop culture passions as she does. She loves music, reading (obviously), and any TV show that can grab and hold her attention. Currently some of her favorite things to nerd out over include Supernatural, Prodigal Son, Louden Swain and Percy Jackson (books, theater, or upcoming show - lets leave the movies out of it).

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