The upcoming Batgirl film will likely be receiving a HBO Max release, as Warner Bros hires the personnel to bring it to the screen.
DC Film’s Batgirl movie seems to have been in development for a very long time. Joss Whedon, prior to all of the allegations being made against him, was developing the project for a while. He eventually departed, citing an inability to make the right story work, although there was chatter around the time that perhaps DC Films should have been more progressive in its hiring policies.
Christina Hodson, the writer of Birds of Prey and Bumblebee was brought in to pen the script and now the film has its directors too, in the form of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the helmers of the most recent entry in the Bad Boys franchise.
This sounds like a potentially fun choice.
The levity in Hodson’s previous scripts are one of the standout features of her storytelling, and having just helmed a comedy-flavoured action movie themselves, El Arbi and Fallah should be able to ensure that the humour and lightness in the story transfer well onto the screen. It sounds like we’ll hopefully be getting a version of Batgirl that resembles the fun (and critically lauded) comic book run that Gail Simone penned from 2011 onwards. We do know that the film will feature the Barbara Gordon version of the character, just like Simone’s books did.
What we don’t yet know is the film’s release strategy, although rumours are pointing to the project releasing straight onto streaming platform, HBO Max, in the US at least. We’ll bring you more details on this one as we hear them.
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