If you had any hope that this news about DC‘s Batgirl films are canceled late in production and are never released HBO Max wasn’t legal, it seems it’s time to accept reality. The film’s directors, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, issued a statement about the news on Instagram, and it doesn’t mince words or offer a ton of hope.
“We are saddened and shocked by the news,” they wrote. “We still can’t believe it. As directors, it’s crucial that our work is shown to audiences, and even though the film was far from finished, we wish fans around the world had had the opportunity to see and embrace the final film for themselves film. Maybe one day insha’Allah they will.”
“Our amazing cast and crew did an amazing job and worked so hard to bring Batgirl to life,” the statement continues. “We are forever 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 especially the great Leslie Grace, who portrayed Batgirl with so much. passion, dedication and humanity.”
Warner Bros. Discovery has not publicly commented on the news, but is reporting on Batgirl‘s cancellation places the blame on the change in leadership at the company, which now focuses on big-budget tentpole films for theaters instead of mid-range films such as Batgirl which was intended for HBO Max instead of multiplexes. They also suggest that by shelving the film, the company could stick to writing altogether Batgirl of fiscally.
“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 for a brief moment,” Adil and Bilall’s statement concluded. I’m sure it was an honor – but you have to believe it would be a much better honor to actually have the film seen.
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