Leslie Grace, the Warner Bros. star. now canceled”Bat girl,” released a statement after the studio decided to kill plans to release the film in theaters or on HBO Max. The comic book film would mark Grace’s biggest role since her breakthrough performance in The Heights. It would also have been a rare superhero film directed by a Latina actor.
“Querida familia!” Following the recent news about our Batgirl film, I am proud of the love, hard work and intention that all of our incredible cast and tireless crew have put into this film over the course of 7 months in Scotland,” Grace wrote on Instagram. “I feel blessed to have worked with some absolutely great people all my life and have built lifelong relationships!” To every Batgirl fan out there, THANK YOU for the love and faith that allows you to put on the cape and be, as Babs said best, “your own goddamn hero!” Batgirl for life!
Grace’s post was accompanied by a behind-the-scenes look at the film, including videos of Grace working the camera, singing along to Nelly Furtado’s “Promiscuous Girl” with her co-stars, and belting out Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” while getting dressed. up.
Warner Bros. posted on August 2 that the $90 million Batgirl will not be released in theaters or on HBO Max, despite the film being fully shot and in development. Sources said Diversity the decision to kill Batgirl had nothing to do with the quality of the film. Instead, the studio was going to fulfill its desire to make its DC movies big, and Batgirl was not, as it was originally developed specifically for HBO Max.
Batgirl is directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah issued his statement a day after the film was shelved, saying they were “saddened and shocked” by the news. The filmmaker duo is best known for Bad Boys for Life and Ms. A miracle.”
“Still can’t believe it,” wrote the directing duo. “As filmmakers, it’s very important that our work is shown to audiences, and while the film is far from finished, we want fans around the world to have had the opportunity to see and embrace the final film for themselves.” Maybe one day they will insha’Allah.
“It has been a privilege and an honor to be a part of the DCEU, even if it was for a brief moment,” their statement added. Batgirl for Life.
Grace spoke enthusiastically about Batgirl before the film was made. Actor told Diversity in April that she even had preliminary discussions with El Arbi and Fallah about what the sequel “could be.”
“There are crazy stunts, crazy drops,” Grace added of the film. “She’s a young cyclist, so you’re going to see her do a lot of bad things. . . . There were a lot of long days, but it was worth it.”
Diversity also reported that the tax incentive was the driving force behind the decision to kill Batgirl. The report states: “Warner Bros. will almost certainly take a tax write-off, which is internally seen as the most financially sound way to recover costs (at least in an accountant’s book). This could be justified by equating it with a post-merger strategy. But that would mean Warner Bros. can’t make any money from either movie — neither an HBO Max debut nor a sale to another studio.