DC movie Batgirl officially begins production, as co-director Adil El Arbi confirmed on his Instagram account!
DC movie has been in development hell since it was first announced back in 2016. Joss Whedon was initially hired to write and direct, but he stepped down from the project in 2018. The movie was on thin ice until it was announced that Birds of Prey and The Flash writer Christina Hodson will write a new script, and Bad Boys For Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah were hired to helm the movie. The movie will be an HBOMax exclusive, and it will be set into DC Extended Universe.
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Soon after the development of the movie was brought back to life, DC decided to get this going. Leslie Grace got a role of Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, and J.K. Simmons, who played Police Commissioner Jim Gordon in Justice League (and Zack Snyder’s Justice League), will return to reprise the role. This is a pretty big thing because many fans doubted that Simmons will return as Gordon after the Batman movie starring Ben Affleck was canceled, and Jeffrey Wright got the role of Gordon in The Batman movie starring Robert Pattinson.
Brendan Fraser, who plays Robotman in DC’s Doom Patrol, joined the cast as Garfield Lynns/Firefly, a pyromaniac and the main supervillain of the movie. Jacob Scipio was cast in an undisclosed role. Not much of the movie’s plot is known at the time, it’s only known that the movie is aiming to be released next year on HBOMax. Considering the production just started, we presume it’s won’t be released before next Fall.
Co-director Adil El Arbi shared the first image from the set where we can see that Barbara Gordon will be a police officer, presumably before she became Batgirl.