Warner Bros. Batgirl star Leslie Grace has spoken out following the studio’s decision to cancel the film’s release on all platforms.
“Querida familia!” On the heels of recent news regarding our film Batgirl, I’m proud of the love, hard work and intent that all of our amazing actors and tireless crew put into this film for 7 months in Scotland,” wrote Grace 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 set course and become, as Babs said it best, “my own fucking hero!” Batgirl for life!
Grace, 27, shot to fame in the big screen adaptation of In the Heights and would have been one of the few Latino actors to headline a superhero movie.
Grace accompanied her message with a behind-the-scenes video from the film, showing her singing along to I Will Always Love You while dressing up.
Warner Bros.’ surprise decision came on August 2, when the studio said the $90 million movie would not be seen in theaters or on its HBO Max streaming partnership. .
Speculation that the film’s quality was the driving factor behind the call not to let anyone see it has been questioned by some. Some have alleged that the reasoning is based on the tax deduction due to the film’s burial exceeding the potential profits from its release, especially given the heavy marketing expenses required for promotion.
Some also suggested the studio was unhappy with the scope of the film, which was designed for HBO Max, rather than to match its recent blockbusters.
On Wednesday, Batgirl directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah said they were “saddened and shocked” by the news.
“We still can’t believe it,” wrote the couple, whose previous credits include Bad Boys for Life. “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.
As recently as April, Grace told Variety that talks were already underway about a Batgirl sequel.
“There are crazy stunts, crazy falls,” Grace added. “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.”
The film, which stars Brendan Fraser and JK Simmons, was shot entirely in Glasgow, whose City Council had agreed to give Warner Bros a £150,000 ‘filming incentive grant’ for location selection .
Council Leader Susan Aitken defended his involvement on Twitter, writing that “the production has created well over 1,000 local jobs for crew, tradespeople and extras”.
She added: ‘No public money went to Warner Bros, but the city got some direct revenue from the production, for example in parking fees. The wider economic benefits to the local supply chain and other businesses such as hospitality are not yet fully quantified, but were very significant. »
Some local business owners have expressed frustration that the extensive disruption caused by production during filming was in vain.
Robert Chambers of clothing store Social Recluse told the BBC the £1,000 compensation he received for having to close for 10 days was insufficient.
“Usually we have a busy January but that month we weren’t even able to get our online orders picked up by Royal Mail as the high street was closed,” he said.