Batgirl filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah respond to the film’s cancellation.
The pair released a joint statement on Instagram where they are “saddened and shocked by the news.” See below.
Warner Bros. Discovery canceled Batgirl on Monday where the flick won’t get released on any platform.
The company said in a statement released on Tuesday: “The decision to not release Batgirl reflects our leadership’s strategic shift as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max. Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actor and this decision is not a reflection of her performance. We are incredibly grateful to the filmmakers of Batgirl and Scoob! Holiday Haunt and their respective casts and we hope to collaborate with everyone again in the near future.”
Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s statement continues, “We still can’t believe it. As directors, it is critical that our work be shown to audiences, and while the film was far from finished, we wish that fans all over the world would have had the opportunity to see and embrace the final film themselves. Maybe one day they will insha’Allah.”
The statement continues, “Our amazing cast and crew did a tremendous job and worked so hard to bring Batgirl to life. We are forever grateful to have been part of that team. It was a dream to work with such fantastic actors like Michael Keaton, JK Simmons, Brendan Fraser, Jacob Scipio, Corey Johnson, Rebecca Front, and especially the great Leslie Grace, who portrayed Batgirl with so much passion, dedication and humanity.”
The statement concludes, “In any case, as huge fans of Batman since we were little kids, it was a privilege and an honor to have been a part of the DCEU, even if it was for a brief moment. Batgirl For Life.”
While Leslie Grace has yet to officially respond to the Batgirl cancellation, her Instagram Story has been updated with Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.”