Batgirl directors ‘saddened and shocked’ after Warner Bros axes film

Batgirl directors have said they are “sad and shocked” that Warner Bros canceled the film months ahead of its scheduled release.

dil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah shared a joint statement on Instagram that they wish fans could have the “opportunity to see and embrace the final film for themselves.”

The DC film starring Hollywood stars Michael Keaton, Brendan Fraser, JK Simmons and Leslie Grace was shot in Glasgow.

It was reportedly estimated to cost $70m (£57.6m) to produce and the film was set for a late 2022 release.

After test screenings, the studio decided to halt production entirely, and it will no longer appear in theaters or on the streaming service HBO Max, according to US outlets.

It comes after several cast and crew members, including Grace and co-star Ethan Kai, as well as the directors, were pictured filming in Scotland.

El Arbi and Fallah said: “We are saddened and shocked by the news. We still can’t believe it.

“As directors, it is critical that our work is shown to audiences, and while the film was far from complete, we wish fans around the world had had the opportunity to see and enjoy the finished film for themselves. Maybe one day they will insha’Allah (if God wills).

“Our amazing cast and crew did an amazing job and worked so hard to bring Batgirl to life.


The DC film, which was set to star Hollywood stars Michael Keaton, Brendan Fraser and JK Simmons, was shot entirely in Glasgow (Andrew Milligan/PA).

“We are forever grateful to have been part of this team. It was a dream to work with such amazing actors as Michael Keaton, JK Simmons, Brendan Fraser, Jacob Scipio, Corey Johnson, Rebecca Front and most importantly the amazing Leslie Grace who portrayed Batgirl with such passion, dedication and humanity.”

They added, “As big fans of Batman since we were little kids, it was definitely a privilege and an honor to have been a part of the DCEU, even if it was just for a brief moment,” signing their statement “Batgirl for Life”.

In January Glasgow’s Trongate area was transformed into Gotham City by set builders, with changes to shop fronts and police cars.

Batgirl was to focus on Barbara Gordon, daughter of Gotham Police Commissioner Jim Gordon.

DC was contacted for comment. Batgirl directors ‘saddened and shocked’ after Warner Bros axes film

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