Batgirl star Leslie Grace and the film’s directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have finally spoken out following Warner Bros.’ decision to scrap the planned standalone film. Leslie Grace, who plays the titular hero, took to Instagram on Wednesday to share her thoughts on the news that Warner Bros. is shelving the $90 million film.
Batgirl star Leslie Grace and directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah react after Warner Bros shelves the film: ‘Thank you for the love and belief’
The social media post included images and footage from the set of the DC project that was directed by filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. “On the heels of the recent news about our movie ‘Batgirl,’ I am proud of the love, hard work and intention all of our incredible cast and tireless crew put into this film over 7 months in Scotland,” wrote Grace.
“I feel blessed to have worked among absolute greats and forged relationships for a lifetime in the process! To every Batgirl fan — THANK YOU for the love and belief, allowing me to take on the cape and become, as Babs said best, ‘my own damn hero!’ Batgirl for life!”
A day after the news about scrapping the film broke on social media, the filmmakers behind the project shared their thoughts saying that they are saddened and shocked by the news. “We still can’t believe it. As directors, it is critical that our work be shown to audiences, and while the film was far from finished, we wish that fans all over the world would have had the opportunity to see and embrace the final film themselves. Maybe one day they will insha’Allah,” Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah said in a statement posted to Instagram.
In a statement to THR, a Warner Bros. spokesperson said, “The decision to not release Batgirl reflects our leadership’s strategic shift as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max. Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actor and this decision is not a reflection of her performance. We are incredibly grateful to the filmmakers of Batgirl and Scoob! Holiday Haunt and their respective casts and we hope to collaborate with everyone again in the near future.”
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