An actor who appeared in DC’s recently shelved Batgirl has spoken out about the film’s cancellation, denouncing Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav as “an imbecile.”
News of Batgirl‘s cancellation broke earlier this month, with Warner Bros. Discovery claiming the move was part of the company’s “strategic shift” for DC projects. The film is said to have been canceled as a tax write-down for the company, which had little faith in the project’s profitability.
An actor involved in the film, who has remained anonymous, has now blasted Warner Bros. Discovery over the cancellation of Batgirl, taking aim at David Zaslav.
Tensions Run High Over ‘Batgirl’
New comments from an actor who had a minor role alongside Leslie Grace in Batgirl have been shared by IndieWire.
The actor says working on Batgirl during the pandemic was “an enormous, rewarding challenge” and talks about being “very offended” by Warner Bros. Discovery’s decision to cancel the film’s release. They have accused David Zaslav of “cowardice” and blasted Warner Bros. Discovery executives.
In their statement on the cancellation of Batgirl, the actor said:
“I am very offended by what happened and feel terrible for the directors and Leslie Grace, who were all wonderful to work with, as well as all of the technicians. It was an enormous, rewarding challenge to make this movie during Covid, and during the cold weather in Glasgow.
“None of these things matter to an imbecile like [Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav]. His cowardice is breathtaking. I am glad I got to participate and I wish the best for all those involved — except the suits at Warner Brothers. But they all get replaced sooner than later.”
The frustration over Batgirl‘s cancellation is understandable. The film was near enough to completion that an early cut had already been shown at test screenings – earning scores comparable to early test screenings of Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam – when the decision was made to shelve it.
At a time when Warner Bros. Discovery is eager to lay out a new plan for DC, the last-minute cancellation of Batgirl may have only increased the pressure on the company to prove DC’s future is in capable hands.
Here is the synopsis for DC’s next film, Black Adam:
Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods—and imprisoned just as quickly—Black Adam (Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra from a script written by by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, the DCEU film stars Dwayne Johnson, Aldis Hodge, Noah Centineo, Sarah Shahi, Marwan Kenzari, Quintessa Swindell, Bodhi Sabongui, and Pierce Brosnan.
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