Batgirl directors discuss ‘the biggest disappointment of our careers’

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Adil El Arbi

The directors of the canceled Batgirl film are discussing the “the biggest disappointment of our careers” that was their film being canceled in a new interview.

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah sat down with Insider in support of their new film, Rebel, and discussed the fallout of Batgirl’s cancelation, and how watching The Flash didn’t help their feelings about what happened.

“We watched it and we were sad,” said Adil. “We love director Andy Muschietti and his sister Barbara, who produced the movie. But when we watched it, we felt we could have been part of the whole thing.”

“We didn’t get the chance to show Batgirl to the world and let the audience judge for themselves,” he continued. “Because the audience really is our ultimate boss and should be the deciders of if something is good or bad, or if something should be seen or not.”

When the film was canceled, the cast reached out to the directors, and Adil shared that Michael Keaton – who returned as Batman for the film – said “He was sad but also he had fun.”

Adil went on to add, “It’s the biggest disappointment of our careers. As a fanboy, just to be in the presence of Keaton as Batman, that’s just a privilege and an honor. But it’s a bittersweet feeling.”

Despite what happened with this project, the directors state they are still open to trying for another DC project. “There’s still a feeling of unfinished business,” said Bilall.

Adil added, “Our love for DC, Batman, Batgirl, Gotham City, it’s so big that, as fans, we could never say no to another project. If we got another chance to be part of it, we’d do it. We didn’t get our day in court. We still want to make our case.”