Entertainment Movies 'In the Heights' ' Leslie Grace Cast as Batgirl in Upcoming HBO Max Movie: 'I Am Beyond Excited' Leslie Grace has found her follow-up to In the Heights By Alexia Fernández Published on July 21, 2021 07:41 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Leslie Grace . Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty DC has found its latest superhero. In the Heights star Leslie Grace is set to play Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl, for an upcoming movie in the DC Universe. Grace, 26, confirmed the news on Twitter, sharing her excitement with her fans on her latest Hollywood gig. I am BEYOND EXCITED to embody Barbara Gordon, your #Batgirl !" Grace tweeted on Wednesday. "I cannot believeeee what I'm writing rn… THANK YOU DC for welcoming to the family! I'm ready to give her all I've got!" Sasha Calle Cast as DC Universe's First-Ever Latina Supergirl: Watch Her Emotional Reaction Though the character of Batgirl was first introduced in the comic books back in 1961 under the name Betty Kane, the most famous version of Batgirl is Barbara, the daughter of police commissioner Jim Gordon. The role has also been played by several other actresses including Alicia Silverstone in the 1997 film Batman & Robin and Yvonne Craig in the TV show that aired in the 1960s. Leslie Grace. Roy Rochlin/WireImage Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. This new Batgirl film will be directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Bad Boys for Life) and written by Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey) for HBO Max, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In the Heights, adapted from Lin-Manuel Miranda's stage musical of the same name, was Grace's first film. She's made a name for herself as a singer and songwriter, releasing two studio albums and receiving three Latin Grammy nominations.