‘Batgirl’ Directors Tried To Recover The Film On Their Phones But Warner Bros Deleted Footages: Everything Was Gone

Warner Brothers. Shocked fans all over the world when they announced that they had decided to cancel the Batgirl movie, that was 90% completed. The Batgirl movie would introduce Leslie Grace as the titular character and would also mark the return of Michael Keaton as Batman. The movie’s directors, Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi, have now revealed that the announcement was a shocker to them as well and that they tried to save the movie or salvage some footage but Warner Bros. had deleted everything.

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In an interview with Skript (via The Direct), Bilall said, “No, we have nothing. Adil called and told me, ‘Go ahead! Shoot everything on your phone!’ I went on the server… Everything was gone. We were [like]… ‘F**ing shit!’… We did not [even] keep [the scenes] with Batman in it.”

The directors confirmed that the movie wasn’t cancelled because of the star cast, “The guys from Warner Bros. told us it was not a talent problem on our part or the actress [Leslie Grace], or even the quality of the movie. We were right in the middle of editing. There was a lot of work to get done, so it was not like the movie was finished! Warner Bros. told us the cancellation was a strategic change, a shifting in management so they could save some bucks.”

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Regarding the cancellation of Batgirl, a Warner Bros. Discovery spokesperson in a statement said, “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.”


John Colin

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