Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah Set to Direct ‘Batgirl’ for HBO Max

Batgirl is a film that’s been dragged along with the DCEU since the days before Justice League. Joss Whedon was once attached to direct the project and a while back Christina Hodson, writer on Birds of Prey and the upcoming DC film The Flash, penned a script for the film but all went quiet since then. Now it’s being reported by The Hollywood Reporter that directing duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who recently wrapped on the upcoming Disney+ series Mrs.Marvel, have been tapped to direct the film surrounding the character, intended for release on HBO Max.

The project is set to be produced by Kristin Burr, who previously worked on Cruella, and shared just how excited they are to bring the character to life. “With Batgirl, we hope to take the audience on a fun ride and see a different side of Gotham” and continued with “Christina’s script is crackling with spirit. Adil and Bilall have an excited and joyous energy which is infectious, making them the perfect filmmakers for this Batproject. And I’m just psyched I get to be part of the DC universe, which is super cool.”

Barbra Gordon could be just what the DCEU needs to fill the bat-shaped hole that’s plagued it since Ben Affleck’s exit. The character was notoriously absent from the recent Birds of Prey film in which she is generally depicted leading. The film in question mentions that Batman has in fact gone missing and is currently awol. This could be just the inspiration that Barbra needs to suit up as the newest caped crusader.

Batgirl currently has no release date and has yet to cast its lead. There is also no word on is J.K. Simmons will return as Commissioner Gordon, following his brief appearance in 2017’s Justice League.


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