Leslie Grace, the star of Warner Bros.’ The now-cancelled “Batgirl” movie has released a statement following the studio’s decision to kill plans for releasing the film in theaters or on HBO Max. The comic book movie would have marked Grace’s biggest acting role after her breakthrough performance in “In the Heights.” It would also have been a rare superhero movie starring a Latino actor.
“Querida familia!” On the heels of recent news regarding our film ‘Batgirl’, I’m proud of the love, hard work and intention that all of our amazing actors and tireless crew put into this film over 7 months in Scotland.” Grace wrote on Instagram, “I feel blessed to have worked among some absolute greats and forged lifelong relationships in the process! To all Batgirl fans – THANK YOU for the love and belief, which allowed me to take the course and become, as Babs said best, “my own fucking hero!” Batgirl for life!
Grace’s post was accompanied by a behind-the-scenes look at the film, including videos of Grace working on camera, singing along to Nelly Furtado’s “Promiscuous Girl” with her castmates and crooning “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston while getting dressed. at the top.
Warner Bros. announced on August 2 that it would not release the $90 million “Batgirl” in theaters or on its HBO Max streamer, although the film is fully shot and in post-production. Sources said Variety the decision to kill “Batgirl” had nothing to do with the quality of the film. Instead, the studio intended to fulfill a desire for its DC movie slate to be blockbuster-scale, which “Batgirl” wasn’t, as it was originally made specifically for HBO. Max.
“Batgirl” directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah released their own statement a day after the film was shelved, saying they were “saddened and shocked” by the news. The filmmaking duo are best known for directing “Bad Boys for Life” and episodes of “Ms. Marvel.”
“We still can’t believe it,” the director duo wrote in a statement. “As directors, it is essential that our work is shown to the public, and although the film is far from finished, we want fans around the world to have had the opportunity to see and embrace the film. final themselves. Maybe one day they will insha’Allah.
“It was a privilege and an honor to have been a part of the DCEU, even if only for a brief moment,” their statement added. “Batgirl for life.”
Grace had spoken enthusiastically about “Batgirl” before the film was canned. The actor said Variety in April that she even had preliminary talks with El Arbi and Fallah about what a sequel “could be.”
“There are crazy stunts, crazy drops,” Grace added of the film. “She’s a biker, so you’re going to see her doing a lot of badassery…It was a lot of long days, but it was totally worth it.”
Variety also reported that a tax incentive was a driving force behind the decision to kill “Batgirl”. According to the report: “Warner Bros. will almost certainly take a tax cut, seen internally as the most financially sound way to recover costs (at least, on an accountant’s ledger). She could justify this by attributing it to a change in strategy post-merger. This would, however, mean that Warner Bros. can’t monetize any of the movies – no debut on HBO Max, no sale to another studio.