Moroccan-Belgian directing team Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who made the recent Will Smith and Martin Lawrence sequel Bad Boys for Life, are set to direct the Batgirl superhero movie for Warner Bros., based on the hit DC comic character.
The duo are also directing an episode of the Ms. Marvel series on Disney+ series based on Marvel’s first Muslim character and which is set to premiere later this year.
Batgirl follows the adventures of Barbra Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon who takes on the guise of Batgirl to fight crime. It is scripted by Christina Hodson, who wrote Bumblebee, Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn and The Flash.
Barbra Gordon is the most established version of the Batgirl character, who was initially introduced in 1961 as Betty Kane. The character was revamped in 1967 when Yvonne Craig played the character in the hit Batman television series. The last live-action big-screen appearance was with Alicia Silverstone playing the character in Joel Schumacher’s 1997 movie Batman & Robin.
El Arbi and Fallah are the sons of Moroccan immigrants and first met at an art school in Belgium where they began collaborating on film projects as students. They had success with Belgian crime dramas Black (2015) and Gangsta (2018) before heading to Hollywood to make Bad Boys for Life. They are also linked with directing Beverly Hills Cop 4.