Leslie Grace is speaking out after the announcement that HBO Max’s Batgirl will no longer get a release.
Warner Bros. announced that it would not be releasing the upcoming film in theaters or on streaming despite the movie being fully shot and in pre-production.
The actress took to Instagram to share her thoughts.
“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,” wrote Grace, who appeared in Warner Bros.’ 2021 film In the Heights. “I feel blessed to have worked among absolute greats and forged relationships for a lifetime in the process! 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 damn hero!’ Batgirl for life!”
The film’s directors said in a joint Instagram message that they are “saddened and shocked” to know audiences won’t get to see the movie.
The DCEU movie was set to star In the Heights actor Grace as the titular hero, with Michael Keaton reprising his Batman role.
J. K. Simmons was set to reprise the role of classic Batman character Commissioner James Gordon. Also set to feature in the film was Brendan Fraser as Garfield Lynns / Firefly: A sociopathic pyromaniac and Jacob Scipio, Rebecca Front, Corey Johnson, and Ethan Kai in undisclosed roles.
Originally set for a release exclusively on HBO Max, Batgirl was later moved to a big-screen debut long after filming for the bat-centric solo movie came to an end. Then, in the middle of Warner Bros.’ public merger with Discovery, the new outing had its release delayed until at least 2023.
Insiders say that big-budget films made directly for streaming no longer make financial sense under the company’s new strategy.
The reportedly $70 million movie (the source said the budget was actually more than $100 million), which was doing test screenings for audiences in anticipation of a late 2022 debut, would rank among the most expensive cinematic castoffs ever.
Batgirl wasn’t the only film on the chopping block, either, with Scoob! sequel Scoob! Holiday Haunt also canceled entirely.