After Batgirl directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah recently teased the inclusion of Batman in their upcoming HBO Max film in a Dutch interview, a new bit of casting news has been announce today.
Deadline reports that actor Jacob Scipio, likely best known as the villain of Bad Boys For Life has nabbed an unknown part in the DC Comics project. Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah directed the Bad Boys sequel before getting involved with Marvel’s Ms. Marvel series at Disney+.
Scipio joins Leslie Grace (In The Heights), who plays the titular Batgirl and J.K. Simmons reprises the Justice League role of Barbara Gordon’s father, Jim Gordon. This element would suggest that Batgirl takes place directly within the DCEU, given Simmons’ return. However, if they end up using Michael Keaton’s Batman as her mentor, that could suggest that the cinematic universe is turning more into a hodgepodge of connective tissue.
Christina Hodson, who recently wrote The Flash movie (just wrapped filming over the weekend) is behind the pic’s script.
Sadly, Batgirl is firmly at HBO Max and likely won’t be getting a theatrical release just like their Latinx superhero film Blue Beetle. The optics aren’t great that DC Films/WarnerMedia is dumping diverse superhero projects on a streaming service instead of giving them a traditional theatrical run.
A release date hasn’t been named but we’ll likely get a good look at the project in 2022.