“Batgirl” star Leslie Grace is going public with her thoughts on Warner Bros. making the shocking decision to scrap the movie in 2022 and take a tax write-off instead.
The 28-year-old actress said she was never contacted by the studio about the decision to cancel. The company spent $90 million on the project but pulled it after poor audience reviews during screening.
“I found out like the rest of you,” Grace told Variety during a recent interview. “And then my phone just started blowing up.”
“I thought I was getting punked, but it checked out,” co-star Brendan Fraser said of finding out the movie would never reach audiences.
“When we were expecting XYZ amount of support and money to expand scenes — to do pickup shots and those kinds of things — that was a gut punch,” he continued. “But then we learned that it was in the interest of writing down some debt? That part really stung.”
Grace admitted that there were challenges during filming, but not enough to merit the total cancellation, at least in her opinion.
“I’m not going to lie to you. In every film, there are obstacles, and our film was nothing short of that. Half of the shoot was night shoots in Scotland, where it never stops raining,” she said. “So there were obstacles, but at the end of the day, because of the incredible crew, nothing that ever got in the way of us delivering what we knew we wanted to deliver for this film. At least from what I was able to see.”
The actress said she saw a rough cut of the unfinished movie and still can’t understand why it was never completed.
“I got to see the film as far as it got to; the film wasn’t complete by the time that it was tested,” Grace explained. “There were a bunch of scenes that weren’t even in there. They were at the beginning of the editing process, and they were cut off because of everything going on at the company.”
She concluded: “But the film that I got to see — the scenes that were there — was incredible. There was definitely potential for a good film, in my opinion.”
As for the future of “Batgirl,” Grace says fans shouldn’t give up hope just yet.
“We’ve definitely had conversations about Batgirl’s future and how Batgirl can make a resurgence. I think fans are looking forward to seeing that,” she said.
“We’ll just see where that takes us; I can’t say one way or the other if that is a reality at this point,” the actress went on, saying she “can’t speak too much about a future for Batgirl or guarantee anything.”
“The last thing that I would want to do is give folks any kind of inkling of something that I have not much control over — as we’ve learned,” Grace said.