‘Batgirl’ movie director Bilall Fallah officially welcomes Brendan Fraser to the DC Extended Universe. The highly anticipated blockbuster was initially announced in 2017, with ‘Justice League’ creative Joss Whedon attached to write and direct. After Whedon dropped out a year later, Warner Bros. and DC Films turned to Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson to take over the script. Hodson, who also penned the screenplay for the forthcoming ‘The Flash’ film, was eventually joined by Bad Boys for Life directing duo Adil El Arbi and Fallah, billed collectively as Adil & Bilall.
After the the initial team was signed on to make the film for HBO Max, casting was the next order of business.
The titular role of Barbara Gordon went to In the Heights star Leslie Grace, and Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons was once again tapped to play Jim Gordon, Gotham City Police Commissioner and Batgirl's father. Adil & Bilall's Bad Boys for Life collaborator Jacob Scipio was then added, in a role as yet undisclosed. Much speculation swirled around who would play Batgirl's nemesis in the picture, with A-list names like Sylvester Stallone floating around. However, it was announced just yesterday that Brendan Fraser was cast as the film's villain, with sources suggesting he'll play Firefly, a sociopath with a passion for pyrotechnics.
As the news went viral, Fallah takes to his Instagram Story to welcome his newest cast member to the team. First, he reposts a "welcome to Gotham" story from Scipio, then shares a press clipping of Fraser and writes: "YESSSS!! Batgirl for life." Notably, the director does not weigh in on which part the actor will be playing.