The directors of scrapped Batgirl film have criticized Warner Bros’ decision to scrap the ‘terrible’ $100 million film as they say they hope fans will one day get to see it.
Adil El Orbi and Bilal Fallah, the directors of the shelved film, said they ‘still can’t believe’ their creation was binned – and wished Batgirl could have been shown to fans around the world.
But God willed ‘Inshallah’ one day it will happen, they said.
The decision to ax the film, which was slated for release on HBO Max later this year, came after audiences panned a series of test screenings and studio executives thought it would harm the future of the brand. DC Extended Universe.
El Arby and Fallah, who also directed Bad Boys for Life and Disney+’s Ms. Marvel, wrote in a statement on Instagram: ‘We are saddened and shocked by this news. We still can’t believe it.
“As directors, it is important to show our work to the audience, and we hope that when the film is finished, fans around the world will have the opportunity to see and embrace the final film for themselves.
‘Perhaps one day they will, inshallah.’
Two of Oxid Batgirl’s directors, Adil El Orbi and Bilal Fallah, have spoken out after Warner Bros. dropped the film. Writing on Instagram, they wrote, ‘We are saddened and shocked by this news. We still can’t believe it’
The Batgirl movie has been canned after Warner Bros. spent more than $100 million on the movie because studio executives want to move away from projects made for streaming.
Ending the slogan ‘Batgirl for Life’, the two directors wrote a statement for fans on social media.
Those who watched the film said she donned a Batman costume for Halloween and proceeded to fight terrorists.
Actress Leslie Grace, who is set to star in the film, has yet to comment on the move.
The directors continued: ‘Our amazing cast and crew did a great job and worked very hard to bring Batgirl to life. We are forever grateful to be a part of that team.
‘It was a dream to work with great actors like Michael Keaton, JK Simmons, Brendan Fraser, Jacob Scipio, Corey Johnson, Rebecca Front and especially the great Leslie Grace, who portrayed Batgirl with so much passion, dedication and humanity.
‘As big fans of Batman since we were little kids, it’s a privilege and an honor to be a part of the DCEU, even if it’s just for a brief moment. Batgirl for life.’
Batgirl was first greenlit for HBO Max in 2021 as part of a company-wide effort to create feature films.
It featured Latina actress Leslie Grace in the title role as she battles Brendan Fraser’s Firefly who turns to a life of crime after being fired from his job, losing his health insurance and unable to care for his ailing wife.
A Warner Bros. spokesperson said on Tuesday: ‘The decision not to release Batgirl reflects a strategic shift in our leadership as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max.
‘Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actor and this decision is not a reflection of her performance. We are incredibly grateful to the filmmakers of Batgirl and Scoob! Holiday Haunt and their respective artists and we look forward to collaborating with everyone again in the near future.’
According to those who saw the now-scraped film, Michael Keaton’s Batman was only featured in a few scenes – and didn’t act as a mentor to Grace’s Barbara Gordon, and the costumes were subpar.
Matt McGloin wrote for Cosmic Book News, ‘I have to say that I’m not surprised that Batgirl was cancelled.
The Batgirl film featured Latina actress Leslie Grace in the title role as she battled Brendan Fraser’s Firefly who turned to a life of crime after being fired from his job, losing his health insurance and unable to care for his ailing wife.
The decision on the film – which was due to be released later this year – came after audiences panned test screenings, and studio executives thought it would harm the future of the brand as they look to rebrand the DC Extended Universe.
A source also told the Post: ‘They think an unspeakable Batgirl is going to be irreplaceable.’
And Collider editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub tweeted: ‘Talked to people who saw #Batgirl, and they said it was a huge disappointment.
‘Plus the costumes looked cheap, especially Keaton’s Batman costume.’
Executives have also ruled out the upcoming Scoob! The sequel Scoob!: Holiday Haunt, which cost $40 million.
The filmmakers were told the decision came down to a ‘purchase accounting’ move available to Warner Discovery as the company changed hands earlier this year.
That would allow Warner Bros. Discovery to avoid running up its losses as it tries to reduce its $3 billion debt, according to Deadline.
And as it tries to recoup its losses, company executives are moving away from a strategy of releasing big-budget movies to encourage HBO Max subscriptions, and instead focusing on creating big movies that can compete in theaters.
By doing so, executives at various production companies have decided, the films will have cultural relevance when they arrive on streaming platforms.
That’s a stark contrast to the Netflix model, which recently spent $200 million to create The Gray Man, an action film from the directors of Avengers: Endgame, which only topped the site for eight days, according to Indiewire.
Collider editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub tweeted that he spoke to people who saw the Batgirl movie and ‘they said it was a huge disappointment’.
It also featured JK Simmons as Commissioner Jim Gordon
But to make Batgirl a theatrical-quality movie, company executives would have to spend a fortune on improving the film’s graphics, plus $80 million in worldwide print and advertising.
The studio has already spent more than $100 million on the Batgirl movie, in which, critics say, Grace’s Barbara Gordon dresses up as Batman for Halloween and goes after terrorists herself.
The project has seen some upheavals in the past.
Initially, Warner Bros. executive Toby Emmerich was courting a possible release in theaters.
But Emmerich left the company this past June to start his own production company after David Zaslav was named CEO following the merger of Warner Bros. and Discovery.
He was replaced by MGM’s Michael DeLuca, the Post reports, and the studio has been quiet about its plans for the film since then.
Ultimately, executives announced the cancellation of the film on Tuesday, ahead of co-director Adil El Arbi’s Moroccan wedding, which stars Will Smith.
Zaslav has reorganized Warner Bros. with a ‘DC-based film production’ arm, Variety reported in June.
He is now said to be seeking a head to run the failed DC Extended Universe, as executives debate canning the upcoming The Flash film amid allegations of abuse and misconduct by star Ezra Miller.
The film was expected to reboot the DC Extended Universe after a series of failed films such as Batman v Superman and The Suicide Squad.
Meet Leslie Grace: The Latina Actress Who Played Batgirl in the DC Universe
Leslie Grace Martinez was born to Dominican parents on January 7, 1995 in the Bronx and grew up in Davie, Florida.
While still in middle school, he recorded and released an independent Christian music album in partnership with CD Baby, but his mainstream debut came with his cover of the 1961 Shirrels’ hit Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.
As of 2013, his self-titled album reached number four on the Billboard Latin Albums chart and number three on the Billboard Tropical Albums chart.
Grace has been nominated for Best Contemporary Tropical Album, Female Tropical Artist at the 14th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, as well as Female Tropical Artist of the Year and Tropical Album of the Year at the 26th Premio Lo Nuestro.
In 2014 she also received nominations for New Artist of the Year and Hot Latin Songs, Artist of the Year, Female at the Billboard Awards.
His acting debut began in 2021 in the film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights.