It’s nearly as if Leslie Grace was destined to finish up in Gotham.
The Within the Heights star and Latin pop singer didn’t develop up studying DC comics or watching superhero reveals, however she and her childhood finest buddy nicknamed themselves after the caped crusader and his sidekick. “We at all times bought into hassle as children, so we began calling one another Batman and Robin,” she beforehand informed ELLE.com. So when she realized she was solid as Batgirl (amid a tight race for the coveted function), her BFF knew it felt like destiny. “[She] was like ‘All this time, we’ve been manifesting this,’” Grace stated.
A standalone Batgirl movie has been within the works with Warner Bros. and DC since 2017, and Grace’s casting was introduced in 2021. Nonetheless, a 12 months later, the movie has been scrapped simply months away from launch. Right here’s what we all know.
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Why did Batgirl get scrapped?
Batgirl was anticipated to reach someday in 2022 on HBO Max, however on Aug. 2, stories broke, initially from The New York Post, that Warner Bros. would not be releasing the movie in any respect, theatrically or on-line.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, “The weird transfer comes after a change in management at Warners, with newly put in Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav prioritizing on cost-cutting measures and refocusing Warners on theatrical movies somewhat than creating initiatives straight for streaming, as had been a precedence for former WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar.”
The movie—with a reported funds of $80 million and precise prices nearing $90 million as a consequence of COVID protocols—had already completed taking pictures, THR stories. Sources informed the outlet that expensive initiatives made just for streaming do not align with the corporate’s new technique.
The Wrap reported earlier that, in line with insiders, the studio heads determined Batgirl merely did not work, even with reshoots and an elevated funds. The brand new administration is “dedicated to creating DC titles huge theatrical occasion movies, and ‘Batgirl’ isn’t that,” per The Wrap. Nonetheless, the studio reportedly loves Grace and the movie’s administrators, and need to work with them sooner or later.
And in line with Variety, “Studio insiders insist the choice was not pushed by the standard of the movie or the dedication of the filmmakers, however by the will for the studio’s slate of DC options to be at a blockbuster scale. ‘Batgirl’ was budgeted to display screen in properties on HBO Max, and never for a significant world launch in theaters.” (For reference, the Robert Pattinson-starring Batman, which launched primarily in theaters, cost $185 million.)
Nonetheless, because the outlet factors out, it is stunning to see the studio drop Batgirl fully somewhat than attempt to make up for a few of the prices with a smaller launch.
What’s Batgirl about?
The movie was meant to comply with Barbara Gordon, daughter of Gotham’s police commissioner (and well-known Batman ally) James Gordon, taking the alias of Batgirl. Grace additionally teased a little bit of Barbara’s story to ELLE.com:
“I can’t say a lot about what she goes to do, however Batgirl turns into her personal hero. [Her origin story] is loopy darkish, like loads of different superheroes, however I like that she turns into Batgirl as a result of she needs to make a distinction on the earth. She looks like folks underestimate her as Barbara Gordon, and I relate to that.”
The actress additionally hinted at a few of the stunt work she’d be doing within the function, chatting with Variety: “There’s loopy hearth. There’s loopy stunts, loopy drops. She’s a biker chick, so that you’re going to see her do a bunch of badassery.”
This marks the third onscreen iteration of the caped superheroine, per The Hollywood Reporter. She debuted on TV in 1961 as Betty Kane (performed by Yvonne Craig) then appeared once more within the 1997 Batman & Robin movie (starring Alicia Silverstone as Barbara Wilson).
Who’s within the solid?
Michael Keaton was set to make his grand return as Batman. J. Okay. Simmons, who performed Commissioner James Gordon in Justice League, was going to reprise his function too.
Mummy star Brendan Fraser had joined because the pyromaniac supervillain Firefly, Deadline reported in October. And Jacob Scipio, breakout star of Unhealthy Boys for Life, was additionally onboard as mobster Anthony “Tony” Bressi.
Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Unhealthy Boys For Life) had been directing, Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey) wrote the script, and Kristin Burr (Cruella) was producing. Joss Whedon had initially signed on to write down and direct the movie earlier than dropping out in 2018.
Leslie Grace has shared a sneak peek at her Batgirl costume.
On January 14, Grace shared a shot of herself within the Batgirl costume, standing towards a Gotham constructing backdrop. The swimsuit has a blue solid to it, a gold utility belt, what seems like a weapon strapped to her thigh, and a brief cape lined with yellow. Grace’s hair flows free within the wind behind her.
She captioned the picture, “‘I exploit their expectations towards them. That will likely be their weak point. Not mine. Let all of them underestimate me…And when their guard is down, and their delight is rising, let me kick their butts.’ – Batgirl, Yr One.”
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