Batgirl star says news of film cancellation was like ‘dropping a balloon’

The star of the DC Batgirl movie says it was like “deflating a balloon” to hear Warner Bros decided to scrap the film.

US actress Leslie Grace admitted there were “obstacles” that hampered the shooting process in Scotland, but said she was still grateful for the experience.

The decision to ax the film was made abruptly in August last year just months before it was due to be released.

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Actors Leslie Grace and Ethan Kai together during filming in Glasgow for Batgirl (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Filmed entirely in Scotland, Oscar-nominated actor Brendan Fraser, as well as Michael Keaton and JK Simmons, also starred.

Speaking to US trade publication Variety, Grace said she found out the news “like the rest of you” – after reading media reports.

When asked if there were signs that the show wasn’t “going to work”, she said: “I’m not going to lie to you. In every film, there are obstacles, and our film was nothing short of that.

“Half of the shoot was night shoots in Scotland, where it doesn’t stop raining.

“So there were obstacles, but at the end of the day, because of the incredible crew, there was nothing that ever stopped us from delivering what we knew we wanted to deliver for this film.”

She said: “As much as I would love to share that with the rest of the world, nothing can take that experience away from us.”

Batgirl is said to have cost around 70 million dollars (£57.6 million) and the film was due to be released in late 2022 – although the decision to cancel its release was reportedly due to poor screen tests.

In January last year, set builders changed the Trongate area of ​​Glasgow to Gotham City for the production, and changes were made to shop fronts and police cars.

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Brendan Fraser, who was also due to star in Batgirl, said the news of the film’s cancellation was a ‘huge punishment’ (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The film was to focus on Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham’s police commissioner, Jim Gordon.

In an online statement after the announcement, directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah said they were “saddened and surprised” by the news and wanted “fans to have a chance to see the final film and accept it for themselves”.

Fraser, who earned a best actor nomination at this year’s Oscars for his performance in The Whale, told Variety that the news about Batgirl was a “huge blow”.

The actress said the most “unfortunate” part of Warner Bros’ decision is that “a whole generation of little girls will have to wait longer to see Batgirl and say, ‘Hey, she’s like me’.”

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