Why We Won't be Seeing Leslie Grace's Batgirl Anytime Soon
It's looking like fans won't get to see Leslie Grace break down barriers (or kick serious butt) as the DC Comic's heroine Batgirl.
Variety and the New York Post both reported on August 2 that Warner Bros., the studio behind the Dominican-American singer-songwriter's Batgirl, has officially pulled the plug on the nearly completed film.
The film, which has been said to have cost the studio $90 million, was going to feature the In the Heights actress in the lead role and would have seen both Michael Keaton reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman, J.K. Simmons reprise his role as Commissioner Gordon and Brendan Fraser take on the villainous mantle of Firefly.
A Warner Bros. Picture spokesperson tells The Wrap, "The decision to not release Batgirl reflects our leadership's strategic shift as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max. Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actor and this decision is not a reflection of her performance. We are incredibly grateful to the filmmakers of Batgirl and Scoob! Holiday Haunt and their respective casts and we hope to collaborate with everyone again in the near future."
Batgirl was also being directed by Bad Boys for Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.
While Grace is the first Afro-Latina to portray the character, Batgirl was first introduced to the public at large by Yvonne Craig in the Batman the Series, which ran from 1967 to 1968, and then by Alicia Silverstone in 1997's Batman & Robin.