‘Batgirl’ Film To Be Directed By ‘Bad Boys For Life’ Duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah

Remember when Joss Whedon was going to direct Batgirl? That seems like a lifetime ago now, doesn’t it? Warner Bros. made the right move in getting as far away from that as possible, and now after taking some time, they’ve found the filmmakers who will lead Barbara Gordon’s first solo adventure on the big screen.

THR reports Bad Boys for Life duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will direct Batgirl, from a script by Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson.

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

Adil and Bilall are red hot right now. Not only did they pump energy into the Bad Boys franchise after two decades, but they’re also working on the upcoming Ms. Marvel series for Disney+. Yep, they’ll be keeping feet in both the DC and Marvel worlds for a while.

And now the big question is who they will get to play Batgirl?


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