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First Batgirl set pictures as movie stars gear up to start filming on Glasgow streets


These are the first pictures from the set of Batgirl as the blockbuster movie stars gear up to start filming scenes on the streets of Glasgow.

Crews have been busy creating the fictional metropolis of Gotham City and various streets in the city will be taken over for a number of weeks.

The movie is set to star a string of huge Hollywood names, with Leslie Grace the new female vigilante, reports Glasgow Live.

On Wednesday January 12, external scenes for the HBO movie will be filmed on St Vincent Street, before the set moves on to various locations in the city centre – including the Trongate, Glasgow Cross, and the Saltmarket.



Set builders at work on the Batgirl set in Glasgow city centre
Set builders at work on the Batgirl set in Glasgow city centre

And as the excitement builds, Batgirl herself was spotted on set in Springburn this afternoon – wearing a Gotham City Police Department t-shirt.

Pictures snapped on streets being used show artwork being created for filming on Parnie Street with various pieces of custom-made graffiti and an impressive mural of Batman.



Builders at work
Builders at work

Crews were also seen creating a Chinese restaurant, Polish shop, and diner for filming purposes.

The film, which also stars J.K. Simmons and Brendan Fraser, is the latest in the DC Extended Universe series of films including the likes of Justice League, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and Suicide Squad.



The Batgirl set in Glasgow
The Batgirl set in Glasgow

Michael Keaton is set to reprise his role as Batman again with the actor appearing in The Flash film, which also shot scenes in Glasgow.

Local residents have been offered earplugs and blackout blinds ahead of a number of noisy action sequences.

Production company American Night handed out letters to local residents and businesses ahead of potential late-night filming up until 1.30am this week in and around the Trongate area.

As part of this, the producers have warned of noisy filming and the use of bright lights – and have offered earplugs and blackout window covers to reduce disruption.



Crew dress the set of the new Batgirl movie
Crew dress the set of the new Batgirl movie

The letter, seen on social media, said: “We mentioned in our previous letter that considering the anti-social hours of some of our work, we can provide black-out material for windows and/or foam earplugs to anybody who feels they may need them.

“We have been given permission by Glasgow City Council to install temporary road closures during our filming and related work, to ensure the safety of both the wider public and our film crew while we operate near these roads.



The set in Glasgow city centre
The set in Glasgow city centre

“As mentioned previously, there may also be a requirement for some pedestrian management within the area.

“For those homes and businesses in the immediate vicinity, this may mean that we have to ask people to wait for a short period of time before being escorted to/from their destination.

“We appreciate that this may be an inconvenience and will endeavour to keep waiting times as short as possible.”

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