The bat signal has gone out.
“Batgirl” directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah shared their shocked reaction to the cancellation of their film on Instagram.
“We still can’t believe it,” the duo behind “Bad Boys For Life” and multiple “Ms. Marvel” episodes wrote Wednesday. “As directors, it is critical that our work be shown to audiences, and while the film was far from finished, we wish that fans all over the world would have had the opportunity to see and embrace the final film themselves. Maybe one day they will insha’Allah.”
The unexpected cancellation of “Batgirl” was first reported Tuesday. Set to star “In The Heights” actress Leslie Grace in the titular role, “Batgirl” reportedly cost $90 million to make and was supposed to debut on HBO Max.
“I feel blessed to have worked among absolute greats and forged relationships for a lifetime in the process!” Grace wrote in her own Instagram post on Wednesday. “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!”
Reports have differed on whether the film was axed due to its quality or due to a corporate restructuring after the merger of Warner Bros. and Discovery. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a single screen test was unimpressive, but the film still scored similar to “It” and the upcoming “Shazam! Fury of the Gods.”
The new Warner Bros. Discovery is reorienting its films away from streaming-only releases, Variety reported Tuesday. Along with “Batgirl,” a Scooby-Doo sequel “Scoob!: Holiday Haunt” was also completely shut down.
In their statement, Adil and Bilall praised Grace and the entire cast and crew, which included J.K. Simmons, Brendan Fraser and Michael Keaton.
“In any case, as huge fans of Batman since we were little kids, it was a privilege and an honor to have been a part of the DCEU, even if it was for a brief moment,” they wrote. “Batgirl For Life.”