Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have both announced that their previous film, which they had been working on, would be scrapped. The duo issued a joint statement saying they were both surprised and ecstatic at the news. Today, El Arbi posted a photo from a scene we'll probably never see, as well as some support messages from all over the world.
El Arbi thanked people for the kind messages he's been receiving, and he named fellow movie directors Edgar Wright (Baby Driver) and James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3), both of whom, according to El Arbi, have offered their opinions and perhaps traded some stories of previous projects that have splintered in the process.
El Arbi shared a behind-the-scenes video from Batgirl, which would later unite Barbara Gordon (Grace) and the original Batman from cinema Michael Keaton. Another Instagram Story revealed that Keaton also sent him some kind words and an autographed copy of a Batman Returns movie book.
Kevin Feige, a Marvel Studios mega-producer who previously directed the first two episodes of the Disney+ series Ms. Marvel, was another important figure who showed some support for El Arbi and Bilall.
Because of the wonderful news about the wedding (congrats!) and the disappointing news about Batgirl, my friends and I were forced to write to you all. We are all very proud of you guys for all the amazing work you do, and especially Ms. Marvel of course! We look forward to seeing you soon.
Batgirl was originally scheduled to air on HBO Max in 2022, but it had already cost $90 million to produce. The film was postponed due to a shift in strategy from new HBO Discovery CEO David Zaslav, who wants to bring Warner Bros. titles back to cinema and scale down productions on the streaming platform which will soon be rebranded. Zaslav also wants to eliminate the Snyderverse, which might explain the decision to remove a film directly related to 2017's Justice League.
Despite the shocking decision, Warner Bros. is still working on their next theatrical projects. This includes The Flash, which also features Michael Keaton as Batman. The next title in the slate is Black Adam,starring Dwayne Johnson, which premieres on October 21.