New Batgirl set photos tease some big connections to the wider DC universe.
While Batgirl is leading the movie, it looks like there are some big links to the rest of the DCEU, too. One picture from the set reveals a magazine cover for the Gotham Tattler, with a headline that reads "Billionaire villain Lex Luther hires new lawyer to appeal sentence." Luther is usually spelled Luthor, so whether that's a typo or a slight change to the name remains to be seen.
The cover also makes reference to a bombing at the Capitol. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Luthor orchestrated the explosion at the building, timed for a hearing on Superman. The villain also ended up in Arkham Asylum after the events of the movie, which saw him unleash the monstrous Doomsday – and by the sounds of things, he's still there.
A Batman v Superman reference on the set of #Batgirl! The Gotham Tattler makes reference to Lex Luther & the Capital Building bombing! #GrannysPeachTea[📸 @pepsicereza] pic.twitter.com/VilM13ThV2January 13, 2022
That's not the only Easter egg to be found in the new pictures. Another set photo makes reference to The Court of Owls. In DC comics, this is a sinister group that runs Gotham City from the shadows – and once tried to enlist the original Robin, Dick Grayson. Look closely at the magazine cover, and you'll spot a "former circus child star" revealing that the Owls tried to recruit him. Grayson was part of a trapeze act with his parents as a child, and another set photo has already revealed Robin exists in the movie.
THE COURT OF OWLS 🦇 #Batgirl[📸 @danieljohncaven] pic.twitter.com/KWQQ8W2ihMJanuary 13, 2022
Then, one magazine cover features Black Canary, which fits with posters of the singer/superhero already spotted on the set, and another magazine references Vicki Vale, the journalist last seen on the big screen in 1989's Batman.
Black Canary featured on a ‘GOTHAM PULSE’ magazine cover on the set of ‘Batgirl’. Alive and well! pic.twitter.com/z3hUMlfgMEJanuary 13, 2022
Vicki Vale is back in the DCEU! 🦇 #Batgirl [📸@steve_colmer] pic.twitter.com/Xt18NCAIrpJanuary 13, 2022
It remains to be seen if any of these Easter eggs will be a big part of the plot, or are just fun references to the rest of the universe.