Leslie Grace, 27, broke her silence following the information that her superhero film Batgirl wouldn’t see the sunshine of day in a latest cost-cutting transfer by Warner Bros. Discovery. The actress launched a press release on Instagram, together with behind-the-scenes images and video.
“Querida familia! On the heels of the latest information about our film Batgirl, I’m happy with the love, exhausting work and intention all of our unimaginable solid and tireless crew put into this movie over 7 months in Scotland,” Leslie’s assertion started. “I really feel blessed to have labored amongst absolute greats and cast relationships for a lifetime within the course of! To each Batgirl fan – THANK YOU for the love and perception, permitting me to tackle the cape and change into, as Babs stated finest, ‘my very own rattling hero!’ #Batgirl for all times!”
Leslie was set to star as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl within the film, which had already wrapped filming. The solid additionally included J.Ok. Simmons as Detective James Gordon, Michael Keaton as Batman, and Brendan Fraser because the villain Firefly, whereas Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah had been the administrators. However on August 2, Warner Bros. Discovery introduced that Batgirl wouldn’t be launched theatrically or on HBO Max. In different phrases, it was canceled totally attributable to cost-cutting measures. The identical goes for the animated function Scoob!: Vacation Hang-out.
“The choice to not launch Batgirl displays our management’s strategic shift because it pertains to the DC universe and HBO Max,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson stated in a statement. “Leslie Grace is an extremely proficient actor and this determination is just not a mirrored image of her efficiency. We’re extremely grateful to the filmmakers of Batgirl and Scoob! Vacation Hang-out and their respective casts and we hope to collaborate with everybody once more within the close to future.”
Batgirl had a finances of $90 million, in response to The Hollywood Reporter, and was some of the highly-anticipated upcoming initiatives set within the DC Prolonged Universe. Leaders at Warner Bros. Discovery felt that the film “merely didn’t work,” per The Wrap‘s insiders, who additionally claimed that CEO David Zaslav is concentrated on “making DC titles large theatrical occasion movies, and Batgirl isn’t that.” Filming occurred in Glasgow, Scotland from November 2021 to March 2022. Batgirl was in post-production when Warner Bros. Discovery pulled the plug on the movie.
There’s nonetheless a lineup of DCEU movies set to be launched within the subsequent yr, together with Black Adam starring Dwayne Johnson and the highly-anticipated sequels to Shazam! and Aquaman. The Flash can be nonetheless on observe to come back out in 2023, regardless of its lead star Ezra Miller making headlines for quite a few authorized troubles.