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Batgirl (film)

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Batgirl
Directed byAdil El Arbi
Bilall Fallah
Produced by
  • Kristin Burr
Screenplay byChristina Hodson
Based on
Batgirl
by
  • Gardner Fox
  • Carmine Infantino
Production
company
  • DC Films
  • Burr! Productions
Distributed byHBO Max
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

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Batgirl is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Produced by DC Films and Burr! Productions for the streaming service HBO Max, it is intended to be an installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film is being directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah from a screenplay by Christina Hodson.

Development of a Batgirl feature film began with Joss Whedon in March 2017, but he left the project a year later. Hodson was hired to write a new script in April 2018, with El Arbi and Fallah hired to direct in May 2021 when the film was confirmed to be an HBO Max original film.

Batgirl is expected to be released on HBO Max in 2022 or 2023.

Cast[edit]

  • Barbara Gordon / Batgirl: A vigilante in Gotham City and the daughter of police commissioner James Gordon.[1]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In May 2016, the DC Comics character Barbara Gordon / Batgirl had the potential to appear in a female superhero team-up film starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn,[2] which became Birds of Prey (2020). Batgirl was ultimately not included in the film due to the development of a solo film starring the character.[3] Joss Whedon was hired in March 2017 to write, direct, and produce the solo film, which was being overseen by Warner Bros. Pictures president Toby Emmerich and DC Films chairmen Jon Berg and Geoff Johns.[4] Whedon was to begin production on the film in 2018,[5] but left the project in February 2018 after being unable to come up with a story for it. There was also additional scrutiny on Whedon as a male director of a female-focused film,[6] with Warner Bros. and new DC Films president Walter Hamada planning at that point to replace Whedon with a female filmmaker.[7]

Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson was hired to write a new screenplay for Batgirl in April 2018,[8] and was expected to begin writing the film after completing her work on another DC Extended Universe (DCEU) film, The Flash (2022).[9] In December 2020, Batgirl was listed as a film that could potentially be released exclusively on the streaming service HBO Max, rather than in theaters, as part of Hamada's new plan for the DCEU,[10] and in April 2021 it was included on DC's slate of films that were expected to be released in 2022 or 2023.[11] Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah were hired to direct the film a month later, when it was confirmed to be planned as an HBO Max original. Kristin Burr was producing the film by that time, and said the directors were bringing an excited energy that would make the film a "fun ride" and show a different side of Gotham City from previous DC projects.[12]

DC executives began testing actresses to potentially play Batgirl in the week of July 19, 2021, with the group reportedly including Isabela Merced, Zoey Deutch, Leslie Grace, and Haley Lu Richardson.[1] Richardson and Grace were considered to be the top contenders for the role,[13] though Richardson may have "bowed out" before the testing began.[1]

Release[edit]

Batgirl is expected to be released in 2022 or 2023,[11] on the streaming service HBO Max.[12]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kroll, Justin (July 19, 2021). "'Batgirl': Talent Lines Up To Test For Barbara Gordon Role". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on July 19, 2021. Retrieved July 19, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. Kit, Borys (May 16, 2016). "Harley Quinn Movie in the Works at Warner Bros. With Margot Robbie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 17, 2016. Retrieved June 17, 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Brail, Nathaniel (December 9, 2019). "'Birds of Prey' Producer Sue Kroll On Batgirl Appearing In The Film". Heroic Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 6, 2020. Retrieved May 22, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. McNary, Dave (March 30, 2017). "'Batgirl' Movie: Joss Whedon to Direct Standalone Film". Variety. Archived from the original on March 30, 2017. Retrieved September 22, 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. San Diego Comic Con 2017: Exclusive Access & Interviews – IGN Live. YouTube. July 21, 2017. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  6. Kit, Borys (February 22, 2018). "Joss Whedon Exits 'Batgirl' Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on February 22, 2018. Retrieved September 22, 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. Sneider, Jeff (February 22, 2018). "Joss Whedon Exits DC's "Batgirl" Movie: "I Really Didn't Have a Story"". The Tracking Board. Archived from the original on February 22, 2018. Retrieved May 22, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. Kit, Borys (April 9, 2018). "'Batgirl' Movie Back On, Now With 'Bumblebee' Writer (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on April 9, 2018. Retrieved September 22, 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. Brent, Lang; Kroll, Justin (November 26, 2019). "DC Films Plots Future With Superman, Green Lantern and R-Rated Movies". Variety. Archived from the original on May 13, 2020. Retrieved November 26, 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. Barnes, Brooks (December 27, 2020). "Managing Movie Superheroes Is About to Get a Lot More Complicated". The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 28, 2020. Retrieved December 29, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Couch, Aaron; Kit, Borys (April 1, 2021). "Ava DuVernay's 'New Gods,' James Wan's 'The Trench' DC Movies Not Moving Forward at Warner Bros. (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on April 2, 2021. Retrieved April 3, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Kit, Borys (May 19, 2021). "'Bad Boys for Life' Filmmakers to Direct 'Batgirl' Movie for Warner Bros. (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 19, 2021. Retrieved May 19, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. Gonzalez, Umberto (July 19, 2021). "'Batgirl': Haley Lu Richardson & Leslie Grace Are Favorites to Star as Barbara Gordon for HBO Max". TheWrap. Archived from the original on July 20, 2021. Retrieved July 19, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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