Late Tuesday night the news broke that Warner Bros Discovery, the studio behind the DC Extended Universe, had canceled its upcoming superhero movie Batgirl. According to reports, despite the film being 90% complete, the studio has decided not to release it in theaters or on the OTT platform HBO Max, citing “poor quality.” Now Leslie Grace, the star of the film, and directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have responded to the cancellation. Also read: Priyanka Chopra now wants to play Batgirl
On Instagram, Leslie, who played Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl in the film, shared a carousel of photos and videos of herself from the movie sets, many of which featured her in the Batgirl costume. The accompanying caption read: “Querida familia! Following the recent news about our movie ‘Batgirl’, I am proud of the love, hard work and intention that all of our incredible cast and tireless crew have put into this movie over 7 months in Scotland I feel blessed to have spent a lifetime working among absolute greats and forging relationships!To every Batgirl fan: THANK YOU for the love and faith that allowed me to take on the cape and, like Babs all the best said, ‘my own damn hero!’ Bat girl for life!”
The directorial duo of the film also shared a statement on Instagram on Wednesday, in which they admitted to being “shocked and sad”. Both posted on their separate accounts: “We are saddened and shocked by the news. We still can’t believe it. As directors it is critical that our work is shown to the public, and although the film was far from finished , we wish fans around the world would have the opportunity to see and embrace the final film for themselves.”
While praising their cast and crew members, the filmmakers added that they had the privilege of being part of the DCEU for a short time. “At least as big fans of Batman Since we were little kids, it was a privilege and an honor to be part of the DCEU, even if only for a brief moment. Batgirl For Life,” their note read.
Batgirl also featured JK Simmons, Brendan Fraser and Michael Keaton reprising his role as Batman. The film was set to release on HBO Max later this year, with filming taking place between November 2021 and March 2022. Earlier this week, however, the studio announced that they no longer planned to release the film due to low ratings from test audiences, the studio’s cost-cutting measures and refocus on theatrical releases.