After it was revealed that HBO Max’s Batgirl will no longer receive a release, Leslie Grace is speaking out. Following the announcement that Warner Bros. Discovery is shelving the $90 million picture, the actor took to Instagram on Wednesday to offer her take. The main hero, Barbara Gordon, was portrayed by Grace. The actor’s post also featured photographs and video from the set of the DC film that was made by the Bad Boys for Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.
Grace made an appearance in the 2021 Warner Bros. movie In the Heights. Following the recent news regarding the movie Batgirl, she commented that she was proud of the love, dedication, and intention that ‘our extraordinary cast and dedicated team put into this picture over the course of seven months in Scotland’.
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She further counted, “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!”
In a joint Instagram post earlier in the day, the film’s directors expressed their “sadness and shock” over the news that audiences won’t be able to see the film, which also starred Michael Keaton as Batman, J.K. Simmons as Barbara’s father, Commissioner Gordon, and Brendan Fraser as the evil Firefly.
Grace received praise from the filmmakers for bringing such fervour, commitment, and humanity to her portrayal of her character. A shift in the studio’s corporate ownership led to the decision to cancel Batgirl. As previously reported by The Hollywood Reporter, CEO David Zazlav emphasises theatrical films over streaming ones and is looking to save $3 billion in costs. He decided to deduct the movie from his taxes.
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According to reports, company management was unsure if Batgirl would match the degree of spectacle found in earlier DC movies. In a statement released on Tuesday, Warner Bros. lauded Grace’s lead performance and credited the change to their leadership’s strategic rethinking of their approach to their DC characters and HBO Max. The choice is not a judgement on Leslie Grace’s performance, a tremendously accomplished actor, the note said.