Leslie was due to star as the titular character (Picture: John Lamparski/FilmMagic)
Batgirl star Leslie Grace has spoken out on the film being axed by Warner Bros in post-production.
Fans were stunned when WB Discovery revealed that the film, also starring Michael Keaton and JK Simmons, would never see the light of day for a theatrical release, or a streaming release.
Responding to the news shortly after the directors of the film, star Leslie wrote: ‘Querida familia! On the heels of the recent news about our movie “Batgirl,” I am proud of the love, hard work and intention all of our incredible cast and tireless crew put into this film over 7 months in Scotland.
‘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!’
It comes after directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah said they ‘shocked and saddened’ that their DC Extended Universe flick was axed, but say they are ‘privileged’ to have worked on the film.
Leslie thanked fans in her heartfelt statement (Picture: Warner Bros. Pictures/Instagram)
They addressed the fact that the project was cancelled in post-production, and said that while it was ‘far from finished, we wish that fans all over the world would have had the opportunity to see and embrace the final films themselves’.
However it’s clear the directors are still holding out hope, as they added ‘maybe one day they will isha’Allah (God willing)’.
Adil and Bilal paid tribute to their ‘amazing cast and crew’ who did a ‘tremendous’ job, and said they were ’forever grateful to have been part of that team.’
Directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah also spoke out (Picture: Wattie Cheung/REX/Shutterstock)
They went on to say it was a ‘dream’ to work with a star-studded cast including Leslie and Michael as well as Brendan Fraser, JK Simmons, Corey Johnson and Rebecca Front.
To Leslie they paid a particularly heartwarming tribute, saying the In The Heights actress had ‘portrayed Batgirl with so much passion, dedication and humanity.’
The directors recalled their childhoods, saying they had been ‘huge fans’ of the series, and in an optimistic end to the sad note, said it was ‘a privilege and an honor to have been a part of the DCEU, even if it was for a brief moment.’
Signing off, they finished: ‘Batgirl for life.’
Batgirl, which had filmed scenes in Glasgow earlier this year, had an eye-watering budget of $80million (£66million) – and had reportedly exceeded that budget by $10m (£8.2m) in order to maintain Covid health and safety protocols.
A spokesperson for WB Discovery 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.’