Actress Leslie Grace has finally made an official statement on the abrupt cancellation of the Batgirl movie. Leslie Grace was set to play Barbara Gordon, the Batgirl in the movie.
Batgirl was one of the most anticipated upcoming projects under Warner Bros.’ umbrella. Adil El Arabi and Bilal Fallah, Ms. Marvel’s directors, would have followed Barbara’s backstory. . Michael Keaton was chosen to accompany her as Bruce Wayne, the Batman.
Batgirl concluded its basic photo shoot on March 31st and was in the post-production phase. We were expecting its release in 2022 on HBO Max. However, the unexpected decision to cancel the movie shocked Hollywood and DC fans. Warner Bros. Discovery decided to cancel the movie. The Batgirl will be neither released on HBO MAX nor in the theaters. Since the confirmation of this news, industry figures and fans have constantly been sharing their thoughts on different forums.
In the last 24 hours, we witnessed massive reactions on social media, including the response from the directors. Now Leslie herself has broken her silence, taking the matter to Instagram. She praised her co-stars and the creative team and extended her gratitude to her fans for the support. She expressed, “I feel blessed to have worked among absolute greats and forged relationships for a lifetime in the process!” The Batgirl actress also included some behind-the-scenes visuals and images from Batgirl set in her Insta Post.
Various rumors were circulating the social media about the state of Warner Bros. Discovery. The reports soon after the cancellation of Batgirl say that the studio has more plans to shake up things. While many things are to be confirmed, the DC brand has been under the spotlight over the last few days. The reports say that the franchise is once again pushing back the second parts of Aquaman and Shazam. Moreover, the Supergirl spinoff starring Sasha Calle, following The Flash, is also under a scuffle alongside the Batgirl movie.
What could be the reason? Sources reveal that Warner Bros. Discovery is holding its quarterly profits this week. However, we expect more revelation following the official statement about Batgirl’s cancellation.
The decision is highly unfortunate for the stakeholders for many reasons. Firstly, it would have been the first time that Batgirl was headlining her own film. Another first time would have been a Latina portraying the Batgirl, making it a huge step to represent inclusiveness in superhero films.
Grace was extremely enthusiastic about the movie and the production process. As fans continue to react to her statement about Batgirl’s cancellation, only time will tell if the movie is actually shelved for an unforeseeable time or if a miracle will make it happen eventually.