The big news of the day yesterday was the decision by Warner Bros. to shelf Batgirl. Meaning no one will ever be able to see the film. Support for the release of the film has poured in from all over social media. But for the big wigs at Warner Bros. Discovery, this project is just a bunch of numbers. If supporters of the film were all shocked at the news, could you imagine the crew and cast that has been hard at work on Batgirl?
Today via an Instagram post, the directors for the film, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah we got a statement about yesterday’s announcement. You can read it below.
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“We are saddened and shocked by the news. We still can’t believe it. As directors, it is critical that our work be shown to audiences, and while the film was far from finished, we wish that fans all over the world would have had the opportunity to see and embrace the final film themselves. Maybe one day they will insha’Allah.”
“Our amazing cast and crew did a tremendous job and worked so hard to bring Batgirl to life. We are forever grateful to have been part of that team. It was a dream to work with such fantastic actors like Michael Keaton, J.K. 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.”
“In any case, as huge fans of Batman since we were little kids, it was a privilege and an honor to have been a part of the DCEU, even if it was for a brief moment,” the statement concludes. “Batgirl For Life.”
It has been said that the quality of Batgirl was not the problem at the studio. But rather the new regime at Warner Bros. Discovery was at a blockbuster level, which this film was not as it was made specifically for HBO Max. Also scrapping the project could be a tax incentive to recoup some of the cost. But it would mean that they could not monetize the film, or sell it to another studio.