Actress Leslie Grace is responding to news that her DC film “Batgirl” has been shelved by HBO Max’s parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery.
The 27-year-old Latina actress took to Instagram on Wednesday in order to share many behind-the-scenes clips and videos from her time on set.
Leslie Grace Speaks Out After ‘Batgirl’ Gets Shelved
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“Querida familia!” she began her statement. “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.”
“I feel blessed to have worked among absolute greats and forged relationships for a lifetime in the process!” she added. “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 d— hero!’ #Batgirl for life! 🦇.”
Many fans and famous friends echoed the hashtag #BatgirlForLife, including “Hamilton” star Lin-Manuel Miranda, who Grace worked with in “In The Heights.” “Love you for life,” Miranda added.
TV host Deidre Behar Wellman added, “Proud is the understatement of the century. You’re MY d— hero — always teaching me lessons about class, elegance and grace. Batichica para siempre ❤️🦇❤️🦇❤️🦇❤️🦇.”
Although Grace starred as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, she worked alongside a star-studded cast, which included Michael Keaton returning as Batman, J.K. Simmons as Barbara’s father, Commissioner James Gordon, and “Mummy” star Brendan Fraser as the villain Firefly.
Directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah also took to Instagram to make a statement after it was confirmed that the movie, which has finished shooting, will not be released.
‘Batgirl’ Directors Are ‘Shocked and Saddened’ By The News
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The filmmakers created the hit 2020 movie “Bad Boys for Life” starring Will Smith and also helmed several episodes of the Disney+ series “Ms. Marvel” that were well-received.
“We are saddened and shocked by the news. We still can’t believe it,” they began in their lengthy Instagram statement. “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.”
“Our amazing cast and crew did a tremendous job and worked so hard to bring Batgirl to life,” they continued. “We are forever grateful to work with such fantastic actors like Michael Keaton, JK Simmons, Brendan Fraser, Jacob Scipio, Corey Johnson, Rebecca Front and especially the great Leslie Grace, who portrayed Batgirl with so much passion, dedication, and humanity.”
“In any case, as huge fans of Batman since we were little kids, it was a privilege and an honor to have been a part of the DCEU, even if it was for a brief moment,” they concluded. “Batgirl For Life.”
As The Hollywood Reporter noted, a Warner Bros. spokesperson made a statement about not only the cancelation of “Batgirl” but of the animated film “Scoob! Holiday Haunt.”
“The decision to not release Batgirl reflects our leadership’s strategic shift as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement. “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.”
On Tuesday, August 2, THR revealed that Warner Bros. Discovery was shelving the $90 million film after a change in corporate ownership. CEO David Zazlav is seeking to save $3 billion dollars from the budget, and it looks like “Batgirl” has become just another casualty. THR reported that sources informed them that Zazlav will be taking a tax write-down on the film instead of releasing it.
In the future, the company plans to focus on theatrical releases instead of films available to stream at home on HBO Max. The controversial decision has not been well-received by fans.