The long-mooted Batgirl film is back on the schedule.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ms. Marvel directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will helm the project for Warner Bros. as part of DC Films chief Walter Hamada‘s ambitious plan to provide HBO Max with one film per year. As of now, the directors will still be using the script written by Birds of Prey scribe Christina Hodson, who emerged as a key asset after embattled filmmaker Joss Whedon left the project claiming he could not “crack” the character.
Although “Bat-Girl” first appeared in 1961 as the original Batwoman’s niece and sidekick, the better known “Batgirl” debuted in 1967 alongside her first appearance on the Batman television series. This version was Barbara Gordon, daughter of Commissioner James Gordon, whose unauthorized decision to aid the Dynamic Duo made her beloved for generations. She also garnered a second fanbase among people with disabilities when she became paraplegic and fought crime as the information gatherer, sleuth, and tactician known as Oracle.
Presumably, the feature will see Barbara donning the purple bat-costume for the first time. It may even get us to Oracle. Although, that remains to be seen — but we will say it would be interesting for HBO Max to get a Batgirl film every few years with a different person under the cowl and for the emerging DC Films universe to have an Oracle.
“With Batgirl, we hope to take the audience on a fun ride and see a different side of Gotham,” producer Kristen Burr said in a statement. “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.”
As with all recently announced projects, it is hard to say how quickly this will go into production, but one imagines WarnerMedia and HBO Max will want this as soon as possible.