The duo, who directed Will Smith in 2020's 'Bad Boys for Life', will also helm the upcoming 'Ms Marvel' series on Disney+.
Belgian-Moroccan directing duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah who led Will Smith and Martin Lawrence-starrer Bad Boys for Life, are set to direct the Batgirl movie for Warner Bros. DC feature centring on Barbra Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon.
Christina Hodson, who wrote Bumblebee and Warner Bros’ Birds of Prey and The Flash, has penned the script for what is being planned as a movie for HBO Max.
Barbra Gordon is the most established version of the Batgirl character, who was initially introduced in 1961 as Betty Kane. But the character was revamped in 1967 when television executives wanted to attract a female audience to the Batman TV series, then faltering in its third season. Yvonne Craig played the character whose last live-action big-screen appearance was with Alicia Silverstone in Joel Schumacher’s 1997 movie Batman & Robin.
In 2020, Disney+ named the pair as directors of Ms Marvel, its coming series based on Marvel’s first Muslim character, set to premiere later this year.
El Arb 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.
Their debut feature, Image, a film about a reporter who makes a documentary about Moroccan immigrants in Brussels, was released in 2014. But it was their 2015 film Black, a crime drama influenced by Romeo and Juliet, that would put them on the map.
The duo’s other film Rebel, about a Moroccan boy growing up in a tough Brussels neighbourhood, who searches for his identity following his father’s death, is currently in post-production.