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‘Batgirl’ star Leslie Grace thanks fans for ‘love and belief’ after movie canceled

Days after the Warner Bros. ‘Batgirl’ movie was unexpectedly canceled, Leslie Grace is speaking candidly about the journey to nowhere.

Grace was set to star in Batgirl, the direct HBO Max flick that spawned from the Batman franchise. On Tuesday, Warner Bros. officially scrapped the $90 million film entirely, a rare move for a film already in post-production.

On Wednesday, Grace thanked the people who worked on the film along with the fans who hoped it would become a reality.

“Querida family!” She captioned the post. “After the recent news about our film ‘Batgirl’ I am proud of the love, hard work and intention that all of our incredible cast and tireless crew have put into this film over 7 months in Scotland. I feel blessed to have worked among absolute greats and made relationships throughout my life! To every Batgirl fan – thank you for the love and faith that made it possible for me to take on the cloak and, as Babs put it best, ‘my own fucking hero’!”

In a joint statement, co-directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (who previously worked on Disney+’s Ms. Marvel) expressed their disappointment and said they still hope fans will one day see the film .

“We still can’t believe it,” the directors said. “As directors, it is critical that our work is shown to audiences, and while the film was far from complete, we wish fans around the world had had the opportunity to see and enjoy the finished film for themselves. Maybe one day they will insha’Allah.”

A cut of the film was poorly tested by audiences, a person familiar with the matter previously told The Times. Test screenings are typically used as a tool to measure audience reaction and determine what needs to be fixed. But instead of spending extra money on a theatrical campaign, the company decided to shelve the project.

Mothballing Batgirl will likely allow the company to take a tax write-off, people familiar with the matter told The Times.

Times contributor Ryan Faughnder contributed to this report.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2022-08-04/batgirl-leslie-grace-cancelled-why-instagram-warner-bros ‘Batgirl’ star Leslie Grace thanks fans for ‘love and belief’ after movie canceled

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