The former Batgirl recollects about playing the heroine…
With all the comic-book movies that we are being treated to, perhaps one in recent times stands out as a “what-not-to-do” blueprint and paved the way for a more serious approach to the genre. That film, as you may have guessed, was 1997’s Batman and Robin, the mega-budgeted blockbuster that failed miserably and set the Batman franchise back almost a decade.
Part of the film was actress Alicia Silverstone, who after breaking into the big time with 1995’s Clueless, joined the film as Batgirl but was subjected to criticisms over her acting ability and her weight, with the latter in particular the most unfair. With the film “celebrating” it’s 20 year anniversary, Silverstone has been speaking about the film whilst promoting her new film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.
Chatting to USA Today, the actress said that she would do a better job now than back then due to her gained experience and that she’s open to anything in the future, saying:
“I feel like I could do a much better Batgirl now than I did then. It would be fun to tackle it again,”
“Because I’m older and my acting is better. I know I would bring so much more to it… I was just a baby. It was a different thing. But I had fun back then. And I think it would be fun to do it again.”
In hindsight, Silverstone was quite honest about the film but said that it was the suit which was the real enemy, adding:
“That costume was so uncomfortable… Maybe something more comfortable would be nice. Something you can sit in. Something you can get out of to pee.”
The character is making a comeback in the next year or two with writer/director Joss Whedon (The Avengers) penning a new Batgirl stand-alone for Warner Bros and DC, and Silverstone concludes that if she was offered anything in the genre again, she would be open to a return in some form:
“I’m open to anything, whatever people bring to me and whatever the best choice is for that time.”
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul opens on May 20th.