Diane Guerrero attends the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2017 Fashion Week the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, NY, on February 9, 2017. (Photo by Anthony Behar) *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***
Three cheers for diversity! Because here’s the thing — Batgirl was created in 1967. That was a long time ago and, you know, times are changing. There’s no reason why the iconic Barbara Gordon needs to be played by a caucasian with red hair.
If Scarlett Johannson can take the lead in Ghost in the Shell or Emma Stone in Aloha or literally just pick any other instance of white-washing, there are plenty to choose from, then I don’t see why Diane Guerrero, a smart, capable star of her own making who understands what it’s like to struggle and feel alienated — as Barbara often did — can’t play Batgirl.
And she just has so much heart:
"And just realizing that I had value, even though I struggled a lot to see that in myself, to see that I mattered. When I saw other stories like mine, or even just stories of struggle, I would look at them and think, Gosh, you matter, I care about you. It made me feel like I could be cared for as well. And just wanting to do my part. That kept me going."
Look, Latinas are grossly underrepresented in the media, but Diane Guerrero already has her foot in the door. She starred on Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin. And the next natural step in her career should be a big movie franchise like the DCEU, because she probably won’t be an affordable actress for much longer as her star power and voice in Hollywood continue to grow.