It seems that Brendan Fraser considers the cancelation of Batgirl to be a tragic situation.
Fraser joined with director Darren Aronofsky to promote their new film, Whale during an interview with Variety. Unsurprisingly, the topic of the canceled Batgirl film was brought up. “It’s tragic,” said Fraser. “It doesn’t engender trust among filmmakers and the studio. Leslie Grace was fantastic. She’s a dynamo, just a spot-on performer. Everything that we shot was real and exciting and just the antithesis of doing a straightforward digital all green screen thing. They ran firetrucks around downtown Glasgow at 3 in the morning and they had flamethrowers. It was a big-budget movie, but one that was just stripped down to the essentials.”
Fraser also discussed the rough cut of the film put together by directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah and whether or not he had seen it. The actor said, “I don’t eat half baked cake.”
With the Discussion of one Bat film happening, Aronofsky also discussed his own Batman film he had once worked on. “It was after Batman & Robin, the Joel Schumacher one,” said Aronofsky. “That had been a big hiccup back then at Warner Bros., so I pitched them a rated-R, boiled down origin story of Batman. A rated-R superhero movie was probably 10 to 15 years out of whack with the reality of the business then.”
Aronofsky worked with Frank Miller on the script as it was to be a film version of Batman: Year One. “It had promise, but it was just a first draft,” he said. “The studio weren’t really interested. It was a very different take.”
The director feels it really boiled down to he was just too early with such a concept. “I was always saying, ‘why can’t there be several different types of comic book movies out there.’ Now there are. It’s just our timing was off.”
Fraser will return to the land of DC properties in the upcoming Doom Patrol season 4.
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