Batgirl directors ‘stunned’ by film’s cancellation

(Los Angeles) The directors of bat girl said Wednesday they were “stunned” by their studio’s decision not to release the nearly-completed $90 million superhero film.

Posted on 8/3

Warner Bros. Discovery has decided to discontinue the feature film, which has already been made and will not be released in theaters or on the HBO Max digital distribution platform where it was intended to be available in the United States.

Adapting the adventures of the DC Comics character, the film starred Leslie Grace opposite Michael Keaton, who once again donned the mythical Batman costume.

“We are saddened and amazed by the news. We still can’t believe it,” Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah posted on Instagram.

“As directors it is important that our work is shown to the public and even if the film were far from finished we would have been delighted fans all over the world can see and understand it,” the two Belgians added.

Much of the post-production work – the stage where the special effects are added, for example – was already done.

In a statement on her Instagram account on Wednesday night, Leslie Grace said she was “proud of the love, hard work and determination that all our amazing cast and tireless crew put into this film over 7 months in Scotland”.

“I feel blessed to have worked among the absolute best while building lifelong relationships,” adds the actress.

collateral sacrifice

In their message, the directors who have signed in particular bad boys for lifeShe paid tribute to the “amazing actors” starring in the film.

“Anyway, as huge fans of Batman since childhood, it was a privilege and an honor to be a part of (the DC Cinematic Universe), even for a short time. bat girl forever,” they concluded.

The studio’s decision stunned Hollywood, where film industry insiders assured that such a cancellation was unprecedented for a work almost complete — and had cost so much money.

bat girl seems to have been the collateral victim of a change in strategy following the Warner Bros./Discovery merger.

Warner Bros had planned to produce films to be released directly on the HBO Max platform.

But that decision, partly justified by a need to bypass theaters amid the COVID-19 pandemic, wasn’t unanimous, and the studios appear to have backed down after their merger with Discovery.

bat girl would have been too expensive for the belt-tightening digital broadcast sector, but not spectacular enough for the big screen and would have been doomed to stockpiling, say specialists in the field cited by the magazine diversity.

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