Batgirl, an upcoming DC Extended Universe movie, was abruptly canceled earlier this month after Warner Bros Discovery, the studio that funded it, decided to pull the plug. What made the decision shocking was that the film was reportedly 90% complete and set to stream on HBO Max later this year. In a new interview, one of the ill-fated film’s directors said they tried to save the film and keep copies, but the studio deleted everything before they could do so. Also read: Warner Bros Defends Batgirl Cancellation, Says DC Won’t Release Any Movie ‘Unless We Believe It’

Batgirl, directed by Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi, is said to have served as the original story for the titular character, starring Leslie Grace. JK Simmons, who played Jim Gordon in the DCEU movies, would reprise his role here. But the biggest draw was Michael Keaton’s return as Batman. The actor played the iconic role in two films in 1989 and 1992. But the film was previously canceled in August due to a “strategic decision” by WB.

In a TikTok interaction, Bilall recently said he and his collaborator tried to rescue the movie from the HBO Max servers and make copies on their devices, but were unable to. “Everything was gone. We were… ‘F**ing shit!’… We couldn’t even keep up [the scenes] with Batman in it,” Billal said.

Commenting on the decision to release the film so close to release, the filmmaker added: “The guys at Warner Bros. told us it wasn’t a talent issue on our part or the actress (Leslie Grace), or even the quality of the movie We were in the middle of the editorial team There was a lot of work to do so it wasn’t like the movie was finished! Warner Bros. told us the cancellation was a strategic change, a shift in management, so they could save some money.”

According to reports, Warner Bros. Discovery canceled the film to save money by writing off tax liabilities. This would mean that the film may never see the light of day. However, the studio has not confirmed this.

In a statement, a Warner Bros. Discovery spokesperson simply said: “The decision not to release Batgirl reflects the strategic shift of our leadership regarding the DC universe and HBO Max. Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actor and this decision is not a reflection of her achievements. We “Thank you to the filmmakers of Batgirl and Scoob! Holiday Haunt and their respective cast and we hope to work with everyone again in the near future.”

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