What a difference a day makes. 24 hours ago, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Bad Boys For Life) was on top of the world, with rumors circulate that their Batgirl the film may find its way to the big screen, despite being slated as an HBO Original. So yesterday afternoon, Warner Bros/Discovery decided to scrap the film entirely. Now, the film will not be released in theaters or on HBO Max, and the film seems to be a lost film. It gets permanently shelved thanks to a weird tax hole which allows the studio to cut their losses, assuming the film never saw a commercial release. This rarely or never happens. Film is cancelled after they started shootingbut never after they have already finished.
No doubt this development was shocking to El Arbi and Fallah, who attended El Arbi’s wedding in Morocco. Some kind of wedding present. The two have released a statement via Instagram saying they are “sad and shocked by the news” and “Still can’t believe it.” Highlighting their amazing cast, they write, “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.”
Read the full statement here:
You have to feel for these guys (and star Leslie Grace – who might have made this a star). WB has shafted them in a big way, especially since no one will ever be able to judge the film on its own merits. All we ever get are gossip and hints based on a handful of test screenings this summer. Hopefully they will come back as the two have already shot a lower indie called Rebelin addition to their fine work on Ms. Marvel. Hopefully the much awaited one 4th part of Bad Boys is finally happening so everyone involved can put this behind them (maybe they’ll even cast Grace in a cool part).
Do you think Batgirl will ever see the light of day?