Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have released a statement about the Batgirl cancelation saying they are ‘saddened and shocked.’
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.
Since the posting of the original information, Variety has learned that this appears to have been done for a tax write-off. According to sources speaking with the outlet, it was deemed too expensive to expand the scope of the film to make it ready for a wide theater release – it was originally envisioned as being made directly for HBO Max – and to also spend $30 to $50 million to market it domestically. By the time was all said and done, the cost would have doubled to closer to $180 million for a global rollout when combined with the budget.
By not releasing the film in any fashion, that will allow the studio to take a tax write-down by counting the budget of the film as a total loss. In addition to Batgirl, the same fate was dealt to the animated Scoob! sequel, Scoob! Holiday Haunt.
Sources within Warner Bros. Discovery or saying that the cancellation of Batgirl was not reflective of the quality of the film, but merely a financial decision. The studio hopes to work with the directors again, as well as lead actor Leslie Grace.