‘Batgirl’ Directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah Discuss ‘Batman’89’s Influence

by Eric Lee
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Batgirl directors, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, have revealed that Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman: The Animated Series had a big influence on the look of their film.

Ms. Marvel vs Batgirl

In addition to Batgirl, Arbi and Fallah have also directed a few episodes of the upcoming Marvel Studios streaming series Ms. Marvel. This makes Arbi and Fallah a select few creators who worked both on DC and Marvel projects.  The directing duo opened up about what is like to direct Ms. Marvel and how it is different from Batgirl.

Adil El Arbi: It’s a big, big honor. It’s a big privilege. It’s obviously both ends of the spectrum where Ms. Marvel is very bright and colorful, we have that animation style in it, while Batgirl is darker. It’s DC. It’s Gotham.


Bilall Fallah: Gotham City, yeah!

BTAS and ‘Batman’ 89’s Influences

Furthermore, the directing duo highlighted their love of the original Batman: The Animated Series and Burton’s 1989 Batman film as a big influence on Batgirl. Arbi mentioned how BTAS is where they had a love and appreciation for Batgirl as a character. This love for the animated series also guided their directing style in Batgirl.

Adil El Arbi: It’s just amazing to have Leslie Grace bringing [to life] that character. We fell in love with that character when we saw the Batman Animated series when we were kids, so we hope that this is sort of a model of that style and Tim Burton movies, obviously, and having Keaton as Batman as our first superhero? It’s just a dream.


Bilall Fallah: It was a goosebump moment.


Adil El Arbi: He’s the OG Batman!

Those two could definitely do worse than model their film around BTAS and Batman ’89. Hopefully their excitement for the material and Michael Keaton as Batman will translate well to the screen.

Batgirl has no release date set yet but will appear on HBO Max in either 2022 or early 2023.

Source: screenrant.com

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