‘His cowardice is breathtaking’: Anonymous ‘Batgirl’ actor calls David Zaslav ‘imbecile’ after cancellation
DC has been making headlines mostly for the kind of decisions they have been making lately. Not long ago David Zaslav announced canning 'Batgirl' for 'economic' reasons. Fans who were eagerly waiting for the movie lost their cool. However, neither the directors nor the actors acknowledged that Zaslav's reasons for shelving the movie were 'economic.' Now an anonymous 'Batgirl' actor, who had a small role in the movie, has voiced their thoughts to IndieWire and claimed that they were taken aback due to the DCEU movie's cancellation. The anonymous star also said that they are "offended" by the decision to scrap the film and said Warner Bros Discovery CEO David Zaslav's decision was an act of "cowardice."
"I felt a considerable amount of comfort (and sincere sadness) reading your excellent article and the examination of this whole nightmare. The multiple streaming avenues and their vague guarantees appear anything but secure. I am very offended by what happened and feel terrible for the directors and Leslie Grace, who were all wonderful to work with, as well as all of the technicians. It was an enormous, rewarding challenge to make this movie during COVID, and during the cold weather in Glasgow. None of these things matter to an imbecile like (Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav). His cowardice is breathtaking. I am glad I got to participate and I wish the best for all those involved - except the suits at Warner Brothers. But they all get replaced sooner than later."
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Warner Bros shocked the world when they announced that the live-action movie 'Batgirl' had been shelved. Warner Bros Discovery CEO David Zaslav recently revealed that the movie was shelved due to a number of reasons, including "economic value." Zaslav said, "We’re not going to launch a movie until it’s ready. We’re not going to launch a movie to make a quarter and we’re not going to put a movie out unless we believe in it,” he further added. “And as part of that, we’re going to focus on quality. DC is something that we think we could make better and we’re focused on it now,” he said.
'Batgirl' directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah also helmed Marvel's 'Ms. Marvel' expressed their shock at the news and said they did not know about the studio's decision. They said that they "can't believe" that the movie was shelved which has "saddened" them to no extent and that it was "far from finished."
Their official statement read: "We are saddened and shocked by the news. We still can't believe it. 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. Our amazing cast and crew did a tremendous job and worked so hard to bring Batgirl to life. We are forever grateful to have been part of that team. It was a dream to work with such fantastic actors like Michael Keaton, JK Simmons, Brendan Fraser, Jacob Scipio, Corey Johnson, Rebecca Front and especially the great Leslie Grace, who portrayed Batgirl with so much passion, dedication and humanity. 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. Batgirl For Life."
Right after the directors released a statement, 'Batgirl' actress Leslie Grace, whose casting was announced in 2021, released an official statement on Instagram saying, "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! 🦇."