‘Batgirl’: Leslie Grace Responds to DC Film’s Non-Release

Leslie Grace, the star of Warner Bros.’ The now-defunct Batgirl movie has issued a statement after the studio decided to scrap plans to release the film in theaters or on HBO Max. The comic book adaptation would have marked Grace’s biggest acting role after her breakthrough performance in In the Heights. It would also have been a rare superhero film with a Latina actor.

“Querida family! Following the recent news of our film ‘Batgirl’ I am proud of the love, hard work and intention that all of our incredible cast and tireless crew have put into this film over 7 months in Scotland,” Grace wrote on Instagram. “I feel blessed to have worked among absolute greats and made relationships throughout my life! To every Batgirl fan – THANK YOU for the love and faith that made it possible for me to don the cloak and become, as Babs put it best, “my own fucking hero”! Batgirl for life!”

Grace’s contribution was accompanied by a behind-the-scenes look at the film, including videos of Grace working in front of the camera, singing along with her castmates to Nelly Furtado’s “Promiscuous Girl,” and singing Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” while she is dresses up.

Warner Bros. announced Aug. 2 that it would not be bringing the $90 million “Batgirl” to theaters or its HBO Max streamer, even though the film is fully shot and in post-production. sources told diversity The decision to kill Batgirl had nothing to do with the quality of the film. Instead, the studio wanted to fulfill a desire to showcase its DC movies at blockbuster scale, which Batgirl wasn’t, as it was originally conceived specifically for HBO Max.

Batgirl directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah issued a statement of their own a day after the film was shelved, saying they were “sad and shocked” at the news. The filmmaking duo is best known for directing Bad Boys for Life and episodes of Ms. Wonder.”

“We still can’t believe it,” the directing duo wrote in a statement. “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.”

“It was a privilege and an honor to have been a part of the DCEU, even if it was only for a brief moment,” their statement added. “Batgirl for life.”

Grace had spoken enthusiastically about Batgirl before the film was canned. The actor told diversity in April that she was even in preliminary talks with El Arbi and Fallah about what a sequel “could be.”

“There’s crazy stunts, crazy drops,” Grace added of the film. “She’s a biker girl, so you’re going to see her doing a lot of badassery… It’s been a lot of long days, but it was so worth it.”

diversity 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 do a tax write-off, which is internally viewed as the most financially sound way to recoup costs (on an accountant’s books, at least). You could justify this with a post-merger strategy change. However, that would mean Warner Bros. can’t monetize either film — no HBO Max debut, no sale to another studio.”

https://variety.com/2022/film/news/leslie-grace-reacts-batgirl-not-releasing-1235332560/ ‘Batgirl’: Leslie Grace Responds to DC Film’s Non-Release

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