Batgirl: Bad Boys for Life’s Adil El Arbi & Bilal Fallah to Helm DC Film for WB

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Batgirl: Bad Boys for Life's Adil El Arbi & Bilal Fallah to Helm DC Film for WB

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Warner Bros.’ DC feature Batgirl has found its directors in the form of Bad Boys for Life duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie, reportedly planned for HBO Max, is written by Christina Hodson (Bumblebee, Birds of Prey, The Flash) and produced by Kristin Burr (Cruella).

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Batgirl will center on Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon. The character was first seen in the 1967 Batman series with the late Yvonne Craig playing Barbara. Batgirl’s first comic book appearance was in Detective Comics #357 by writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino.

“With Batgirl, we hope to take the audience on a fun ride and see a different side of Gotham,” said Burr. “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.”

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Batgirl/Barbara Gordon’s last appearance in a live-action big-screen feature was in Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin, released in 1997 and starring Alicia Silverstone in the role alongside George Clooney’s Batman and Chris O’Donnell’s Robin.