Directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah on the set of the Batgirl movie in January
The directors of Batgirl have said they are “saddened and shocked” that Warner Bros has scrapped the film months before it was due to be released.
Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah shared a joint statement on Instagram saying they wished fans could have the “opportunity to see and embrace the final film themselves”.
The DC film, with Hollywood stars Leslie Grace, Michael Keaton, Brendan Fraser and JK Simmons was filmed in Glasgow.
Production reportedly cost an estimated 70 million dollars (£57.6 million) and the film was scheduled for release in late 2022.
After test screenings the studio decided to shelve the production completely, and it will no longer appear in cinemas or on streaming service HBO Max, according to US outlets.
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It comes after several cast and crew members including Grace and co-star Ethan Kai, as well as the directors, were pictured filming in Scotland.
El Arbi and Fallah said: “We are saddened and shocked by the news. 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 (if God wills).
“Our amazing cast and crew did a tremendous job and worked so hard to bring Batgirl to life.”
Leslie Grace was cast as Batgirl
They continued: “We are forever grateful to have been part of that team. It was a dream to work with such fantastic actors like Michael Keaton, J.K. Simmons, Brendan Fraser, Jacob Scipio, Corey Johnson, Rebecca Front and especially the great Leslie Grace, who portrayed Batgirl with so much passion, dedication and humanity.”
“In any case, as huge fans of Batman since we were little kids, it was a privilege and an honour to have been a part of the DCEU, even if it was for a brief moment,” they added, signing off their statement “Batgirl For Life”.
In January, the Trongate area of Glasgow was transformed by set builders into Gotham City with alterations made to shop fronts and police cars.
Batgirl was due to focus on Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham police commissioner Jim Gordon.
DC has been contacted for comment.
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