Leslie Grace, starring Warner Bros.’ now canceled “Batgirl” film, a statement released after the studio’s decision to kill plans for the film’s release in theaters or on HBO Max. Grace would have her biggest acting role in a comedy after her breakthrough performance in “In the Heights”. It would also be a rare superhero movie with a Latina actress in the lead.
“Querida families! On the heels of the recent news about our film ‘Batgirl,’ I am proud of the love, hard work and dedication our incredible crew and tireless crew put into this film over 7 months in Scotland,” Grace wrote on Instagram . “I feel blessed to have worked among such great citizens and created lifelong relationships in the process! To all Batgirl fans – Thank you for the love and faith, which allows me to take the Cape and be, as Babs said best, ‘my own damn 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 bandmates and crooning “I Will Always Love You” with Whitney Houston getting dressed. up.
Warner Bros. announced August 2 would not be releasing the $90 million “Batgirl” in theaters or on its HBO Max streamer, despite the film being fully shot and in post-production. Sources said Diversity the decision to kill off “Batgirl” had nothing to do with the quality of the film. Instead, the studio intended to fulfill a desire for its slate of DC films to be large-scale, which “Batgirl” was not, as it was originally conceived specifically for HBO Max.
“Batgirl” directors Adil El Arbi and Billall Fallah they issued their own statement a day after the film was shelved, saying they were “saddened and shocked” by the news. The filmmaking duo is best known for directing “Bad Boys for Life” and an episode of “Ms. Marvel.”
“We still can’t believe it,” the two directors wrote in a statement. “As directors, it is essential to show our work to the audience, and although the film was far from finished, we want fans around the world to have the opportunity to see and embrace the final film own. Maybe one day they will be 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,” his statement said. “Batgirl for Life.”
Grace had spoken enthusiastically about “Batgirl” before the film was canned. The actor tell Diversity in April that she even had preliminary discussions with El Arbi and Fallah about what could be a sequel.
“There are crazy stunts, crazy drops,” Grace said of the film. “She’s a biker chick, so you’re going to see her do a lot of mischief… It’s been a lot of long days, but it’s been worth it.”
Diversity Also reported that tax incentive He was the driving force behind the decision to kill “Batgirl”. According to the report: “Warner Bros. will definitely take a tax write-off, which is seen internally as the most financially sound way to offset the costs (at least, on an accountant’s ledger). Chalking it up to a post-link strategy change could justify that. Doing so, however, would mean that Warner Bros. cannot. give money to either film – no start with HBO Max, no sale to another studio.”