Brendan Fraser breaks silence on ‘Batgirl’ cancellation

The movie is gone, but never forgotten.

words by: Alee Kwong
Nov 3, 2022

I don’t know about you, but I’m still mourning the loss of the Batgirl movie. We were seriously robbed of something amazing. Bat Family fans know that Barbara Gordon/Batgirl was just as important as all the Robins, and we’ve been waiting for her to finally get her time in the sun. The saddest part of this cancellation had to do with the fact that the entire movie had already been filmed and was almost ready for the world to see before its plug was unexpectedly pulled. Brendan Fraser, who was set to be the supervillain, Firefly, finally told us how he really feels about the project’s cancellation.


“It’s tragic. It doesn’t engender trust among filmmakers and the studio. Leslie Grace was fantastic. She’s a dynamo, just a spot-on performer. Everything that we shot was real and exciting and just the antithesis of doing a straightforward digital all-green screen thing. They ran firetrucks around downtown Glasgow at 3 in the morning, and they had flamethrowers. It was a big-budget movie, but one that was just stripped down to the essentials.”


The decision to shelve Batgirl came almost immediately after the Warner Bros. acquisition by Discovery. The new parent company’s CEO, David Zaslav decided that they didn’t want to spend $90 million on a project that wasn’t deemed commercial enough for a theatrical release and made the call to use it as a tax write-off instead.


Fraser said that the directors, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, had put a rough cut together and that he has yet to see what they have in store. “I don’t eat half baked cake. Everything that Adil and Bilall shot felt real and exciting,” Fraser said.


Despite this disappointment, Fraser has stayed very busy and has made good use of this momentum back into the spotlight. He continues to provide the voice and live body for Cliff Steele/Robotman in HBO Max’s Doom Patrol and will star alongside Stranger Things actress Sadie Sink in the A24 film The Whale, directed by Darren Aronofsky.


The WBD acquisition has been quite the tale. Not only has there been a complete overhaul of the DCEU in the works, but there’s also massive layoffs that have been happening, and a streaming service consolidation the company is pursuing.


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