We are always excited to see Latinas take on superhero roles like Leslie Grace who is set to play Batgirl and Sasha Calle, the first Latina to play Supergirl. But representation in these iconic stories is exciting no matter the role and we’re seeing that now with the DC and Spotify teaming up to show Batman’s darker side with a new scripted podcast that includes Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Jessica Marie Garcia (On My Block). Batman Unburied offers a new spin on Batman where Bruce Wayne is a forensic pathologist rather than a billionaire playboy. Rodriguez plays Barbara Gordon, daughter of police commissioner Jim Gordon and superhero operating under the name of The Caped Crusader, and Garcia plays Jim Gordon’s partner and friend Renee Montoya. The psychological thriller sounds like it’s going to be a deep dive into the darker side of the iconic superhero. We love to see that such a high profile projects include not one but two Latinas in major roles.
“Ayyy! It’s out! Your girl will be playing the badass Renee Montoya in the highly anticipated podcast #BatmanUnburied for @spotify let’s goo!!!! #dcfandome,” Garcia posted on Instagram following the announcement.
In a video released during DC FanDome, the publisher’s annual fan event, The Flash’s Candice Patton announced the cast that also includes Sam Witwer, Emmy Raver-Lampman, and Jim Pirri, and Jessica Marie Garcia have all joined the cast. They join Winston Duke as Bruce Wayne, Hasan Minhaj as The Riddler, Lance Reddick as Thomas Wayne, Toks Olagundoye as Martha Wayne, Jason Isaacs as Alfred, John Rhys-Davies as Dr. Hunter, and Ashly Burch as Vicki Vale.
Barbara Gordon will grapple with her own ethics, as she attempts to handle her duties as a police officer as she’s finding herself drawn to Batman’s own version of justice. Rodriguez said she was excited to be going on this “sonic adventure” with the “iconic” role, Deadline reported.
Batman Unburied is the first in a series of podcasts to come from an exclusive deal between Spotify and DC, giving the streaming service a first-look deal at a number of scripted audio dramas, set to also feature characters like Wonder Woman, Lois Lane, Catwoman, and Batgirl.
“I am so excited, so honored to be joining the DC family with Batman Unburied,” Duke said in a special FanDome appearance. “We have been cooking up something very, very special for you. We’ve been creating something that’s nuanced and beautiful, with great characters, great voices, and just a beautiful experience. So, in that vein: I. Am. Batman.”
No word yet on when the highly anticipated series will be released.