The announcement of DC Studios' slate of upcoming projects made some fans happy, yet others disappointed, given that there are offerings that did not make the final cut of DCU’s first chapter, Gods and Monsters. One of the titles that fans are hoping to see is Batgirl, but according to Peter Safran, who serves as co-head with James Gunn, Batgirl falls into the category of unreleasable.
Per Variety, Safran justified that Batgirl is a character that will eventually be part of their universe, but now is not the right time. “Batgirl’s a character that inevitably we will include in our story,” he said. “On the Batgirl front, it’s not about late in the process of the film getting canceled. I saw the movie, and there are a lot of incredibly talented people in front of and behind the camera. But that film was not releasable, and it happens sometimes.
He further explained that it’s for the best that the movie got axed from their slate. “I think that [president and CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery David] Zaslav and the team made a very bold and courageous decision to cancel it because it would have hurt DC. It would have hurt those people involved,” said Safran.
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Batgirl was supposed to feature Leslie Grace as Batgirl and Michael Keaton as Batman. Brendan Fraser, who starred in The Mummy, was also expected to make his DC debut in the now-canceled film as the supervillain Garfield Lynns, aka Firefly. While the film was promised to have several action scenes between the antagonist and the protagonist, DC fans never got the chance to see and enjoy them.
Fraser made an affecting comeback to the Hollywood limelight with Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale. The actor, who believed that he was probably blacklisted by the industry due to some specific reasons, could have had another noteworthy performance in the supposed 2022 film, Batgirl.
During a conversation with GQ, the Whale star previously expressed his concern for his co-star, Leslie Grace, as he said it’s painful to witness all their hard work put to waste because the American singer-actor worked so hard for this film only for it to get shelved.
But as always, fans have no choice but to hope that Batgirl will soon make her way to the DCEU screen and that it will be worth the wait, alongside Fraser, who has so much to offer the franchise.