Leslie Grace unveils short clips from “Batgirl” on TikTok
Leslie Grace posted on TikTok short clips from Batgirl, the movie buried by Warner Bros.
Fifteen seconds via TikTok, that's all we'll probably get for now from the controversially buried feature film Batgirl. Leslie Grace, the star of the film that David Zaslav, CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, dropped in early August, posted a short behind-the-scenes montage of Batgirl with the caption "I couldn't resist." The footage is accompanied by Omar Apollo's song Evergreen, which also contains the rather pointed aside You Didn't Deserve Me At All.
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The video includes footage of the 27-year-old, three-time Latin Grammy Award nominee, in makeup, rehearsing a fight routine, swinging on wires and teetering on a rocking horse. For a brief moment, there is a glimpse of what appears to be cell phone footage of a set monitor recording the playback - probably the only footage of the film that will be seen.
A surprise cancellation
When news of the film's cancellation broke in early August, the young star uploaded seven images to Instagram that also showed her costume and makeup, as well as behind-the-scenes glimpses. In her caption, she wrote, "I am proud of the love, hard work and intention that all of our incredible cast and tireless crew put into this film over 7 months in Scotland." She quoted her character, Barbara Gordon, as saying, "To all the Batgirl fans - THANK YOU for the love and trust, which allowed me to don the cape and become, as Babs said best, 'my own damn heroine!'"
Among those who responded was Lin-Manuel Miranda, the author of In The Heights; Grace starred in the 2021 film adaptation directed by John M. Chu. "#BatgirlForLife (I love you for life)," wrote Miranda, a Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award winner.
The $90 million Batgirl movie was already in post-production when Warner Bros. Discovery announced it would not be released. Its directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the Belgian-born duo behind Bad Boys For Life and two episodes of Ms. Marvel, said they were "saddened and shocked" in a statement, and hoped that one day the film would see the light of day.
The cast was filled around Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl: J.K. Simmons played her father, police chief Jim Gordon, and Brendan Fraser was to appear as the villain Firefly. Michael Keaton also shot scenes as Batman, as he did for The Flash, another Warner Bros. Discovery completed and still scheduled for release next year, despite the controversy surrounding its star, Ezra Miller.
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In late August, the studio held "funeral screenings" of Batgirl for the team that worked on the project. The film will likely never be screened publicly by the studio; if it did, it could not list the film as a tax loss, the Guardian revealed. For their part, the filmmakers said their access to the servers containing their footage had been cut off.