The Day After David Zaslav-run Warner Bros Discovery Completely Suspends The HBO Max DC Movie batgirl which is in post-production, the directors of the picture, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, have responded with a statement.
“We are saddened and shocked by the news. We still can’t believe it. As directors, it’s critical that our work is shown to the public, and while the film was far from finished, we wish fans around the world had had the chance to see and embrace the final film for themselves.” , the duo said in an Instagram post that you can read below.
Both directors who heard Deadline were in Morocco for El Arbi’s wedding when they first heard about it… batgirlis bad news.
Once again a great dismay to everyone involved in the making of this film.
“Our amazing cast and crew have done an amazing job and worked so hard to bring Batgirl to life. We are eternally grateful to have been part of that team. It was a dream to work with such amazing actors as Michael Keaton, JK Simmons, Brendan Fraser, Jacob Scipio, Corey Johnson, Rebecca Front and most importantly the wonderful Leslie Grace, who portrayed Batgirl with such passion, dedication and humanity.” filmmakers in their statement.
They signed to the post and said, “Batgirl for Life.”
As Deadline told you yesterday, Warner Bros Discovery took advantage of a “purchase accounting” maneuver available to the conglom as the company changed hands. That opportunity expires in mid-August and allows WBD not to carry the losses on the books at a time when the studio is trying to find $3 billion in cost-saving synergies; this particular movie costs about $70 million. It is interesting that the demolition of batgirl will be announced ahead of Warner Bros Discovery’s major quarterly earnings tomorrow.
Plus, making movies straight for HBO Max is just not on Zaslav’s agenda; batgirl green light under the regime of Jason Kilar WarnerMedia. Once again, the city remains in shock to see a notable branded film shelved so late in post-production.
Other Reasons Warners Tossed batgirl arise from the movie that could potentially disrupt the DC multiverse continuum being set up The flash, comes out in theaters on July 23, 2023. batgirl was scheduled to be dropped on the service earlier Flash. We heard the first round of testing for: batgirl wasn’t that bad. However, we hear from both internal WB sources and non-WB sources (who were part of a test group) that: Flash, despite all the headlines from Ezra Miller, is truly amazing. Preserving and restoring the shine of the DC brand is a priority for Zaslav as he is looking for a new czar to lead the comics division for film, TV and all related.
There was a big casting call for it batgirl with Isabella Merced, Zoey Deutch, Leslie Grace and Haley Lu Richardson in the mix, as Deadline’s Justin Kroll first told you. Grace won the role and was a major social media champion for the film. Optically, it doesn’t look good for Warner Bros Discovery to kill a movie with a Latina main star at a time when the industry is in dire need of diverse content. Below is a previous tweet from her about the film.
Warners released a statement last night, in an effort to sweep the rubble of scrapping a Latina-led film under the rug: “The decision not to release batgirl reflects the strategic shift of our leadership towards the DC universe and HBO Max. Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actor and this decision is not a reflection of her achievements. We are the filmmakers of batgirl and Scoob! Holiday Haunt and their respective cast and we hope to work with everyone again in the near future.”
El Arbi and Fallah Directed Two Episodes of Disney+’s Mrs. Marvel like Bad boys for life which restarted that franchise before the pre-pandemic and grossed over $426 million in WW.
“I use their expectations against them. That will be their weakness. Not mine. Let them all underestimate me…
And when they’re off their guard, and their pride rises, let me kick them in the ass.”
– Batgirl, year one
— Leslie Grace (@lesliegrace) January 15, 2022