After the sudden cancellation of the new Batgirl movie following appalling feedback from audiences after a test-screening.
The live-action movie was set to feature an all-star cast including Leslie Grace as Batgirl, J.K Simmons as Commissioner Jim Gordon and Michael Keaton as Batman.
The flick reportedly cost between $90 and $100 million to produce and was set to be released on HBO Max streaming service in April along with a possible cinematic release by Warner Bros.
The movie tried to go down the now typically Hollywood trend of being as woke as possible. Of course, most super-hero action movies feature a man as the leading character – Batman, Superman, Spider-Man…
Batgirl tried to break the mold by casting Latino-American woman as the caped, vigilante superhero of Gotham – a decision which Warner Bros. will now undoubtedly regret. As they say: “go woke, go broke”.
Today, Leslie Grace opened up about her time working on the production. She hit back at critics who blasted the movie’s directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah for attempting to woke-wash the Batman franchise.
I feel blessed to have worked among absolute greats and forged relationships for a lifetime in the process! To every Batgirl fan – THANK YOU for the love and belief, allowing me to take on the cape and become, as Babs said best, “my own damn hero!” #Batgirl for life! 🦇 pic.twitter.com/4D9ZM87Ytu
— Leslie Grace (@lesliegrace) August 4, 2022
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She posted to her Instagram page that she felt “proud” of the failed movie despite the dire feedback it received from its test showing:
“Querida familia! On the heels of the recent news about our movie ‘Batgirl,’ I am proud of the love, hard work and intention all of our incredible cast and tireless crew put into this film over seven months in Scotland,” she posted.
“I feel blessed to have worked among absolute greats and forged relationships for a lifetime in the process! To every Batgirl fan – THANK YOU for the love and belief, allowing me to take on the cape and become, as Babs said best, ‘my own damn hero!”’
Leslie Grace has posted new images of herself as Batgirl along with a thank you message pic.twitter.com/Y3kV2LT9km
— DC Daily (on hold) (@DCU_CORE) August 4, 2022
She also posted numerous photographs of herself in costume on the set, including a snap of her in a purple Batgirl suit, a superhero-style mask and a fake graze across her face. She had a thick winter coat over the costume and wore a woolly hat, suggesting it was taken at some point in the winter.
Leslie also shared footage of the cast enjoying a break on set and singing along to Nelly Furtado’s Promiscuous in a white tent.
The movie’s directors released a joint statement after hearing that the producers had axed the production. The statement including the Muslim phrase “insha’Allah”, meaning “if God wills”, in yet another sly hint at the movie’s woke undertones:
“We are saddened and shocked by the news,” reads the statement.
“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”.
— ScreenTime (@screentime) August 3, 2022
The directors went on to say that the cast and crew “did a tremendous job and worked as hard to bring Batgirl to life”.
While in an official statement, Warner Bros. insisted, “the decision to not release Batgirl reflects our leadership’s strategic shift as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max,” a spokesperson for the studio said the movie was so bad it was “irredeemable”.
The movie’s screenplay writer was Christina Hodson, a British writer of the anti-men, ultra-feminist movie Birds of Prey which, according to one critic, was about “hating on men – all men and dull to the point of numbing”.
Of course, Batgirl also featured a trans character in the way of Barbara Gordon’s (Batgirl’s) housemate.
Those who saw the movie said it was just about a girl who puts on a Batman costume at Halloween and goes on a random mission against terrorists.
Perhaps Hollywood needs to understand that simply trying to include as many woke aspects in a movie as possible won’t make it good. Nor will it sell theatre tickets.