Lesilie Grace is finally opening up about the Batgirl cancelattion, and she doesn’t agree with some of the things that have been said about the situation.
It is well-known by now that the Batgirl film was canceled by Warner Bros. Discovery as a tax write-off. Under that arrangement the film can never be shown publicy, and falling some internal ‘funeral screenings‘ on the studio lot, the film has now been locked away.
While Brendan Fraser – who was playing Firefly in the film – has talked about the cancelation, Grace has been a bit more quiet on the topic. Speaking with Variety, she is opening up a bit more about her perception of what happened, and more specifically about DC Studios co-chair Peter Safran’s recent comments about the film being ‘not releasable’.
“I had my own meetings with Warner Bros. Film Group CEOs Pam Abdy and Mike De Luca, and they explained to me, on a granular level, what they felt about the project, things that were out of their hands, plans and budgets that were set in place before they were even part of the team,” said Grace. “There are a lot of things that I learned through the experience about moviemaking, that as an actress you have no control over. They weren’t really specific on anything creative in terms of what they felt about the film and how it would’ve hurt DC creatively. But I’m a human being, and people have perceptions and people read things. And when words are expressed very lightly about work that people really dedicated a lot of time to — not just myself but the whole crew — I can understand how it could be frustrating.”
She did share that she has seen he film as it existed at the time of cancelation. “I got to see the film as far as it got to; the film wasn’t complete by the time that it was tested. 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. 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.”
There have been rumors that she may yet appear as Batgirl, but that doesn’t appear to be a done deal as of 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. 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. I can’t speak too much about a future for Bat- girl 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,” said Grace.
For now, it seems that a healing process is taking place for all of the cast and crew as they try to process what happened. And it’s a process that feels as though it’s far from over.