In the wake of the surprising news of the scrapped release of “Batgirl,” the filmmakers behind the $90 million budgeted project have issued a statement.
Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah served as directors on “Batgirl,” the pair taking the helm of the film following their break-out success with “Bad Boys For Life” and, more recently, a bunch of the “Ms. Marvel” series for the Disney+ service.
In a very unfortunate piece of timing, the pair were in Morocco in the midst of El Arbi’s wedding when they reportedly got confirmation of the cancellation of “Batgirl”. In a statement posted to Instagram, they say:
“We are saddened and shocked by the news. 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.”
Warner Bros. Discovery opted to take a tax write-down on the film rather than release it, according to sources, as the new regime pivots to refocus Warners on theatrical, rather than streaming, releases. Leslie Grace, Michael Keaton, JK Simmons and Brendan Fraser starred in the now abandoned film.