This week has doubtless been a difficult one for Leslie Grace, considering the news of Batgirl getting shoved aside by Warner Bros. Discovery, as Deadline and others reported. But if she is heartbroken (and how could she not be?) she’s not showing an ounce of it to her fans. Late last night, the In the Heights star posted images and video from her time in Scotland making the now canceled feature, choosing to celebrate her time as Batgirl rather than bemoan the bad news.
The media Leslie Grace posted from the Batgirl shoot includes a number of photos of her in costume, including her made up to look like she’s been in a rough brawl, and a shot of her and someone else running from what looks to be a fire or an explosion — probably something caused by Firefly (Brendan Fraser). She also posted videos of her singing along with her co-workers, checking out the day’s film, and one of her getting out of costume while singing Whitney Houston. You can check out the images and video below.
Leslie Grace is infectiously positive in her caption — in spite of the catastrophic news for Batgirl — opening it by calling her fans, “Querida familia!” While some of us might understandably find ourselves wanting to curse out Warner Bros. Discovery and anyone involved with the cancellation decision, Grace focuses on her achievements and those of her colleagues. “I am proud of the love, hard work and intention all of our incredible cast and tireless crew put into this film over 7 months in Scotland,” Grace writes. “I feel blessed to have worked among absolute greats and forged relationships for a lifetime in the process!” She ends thanking Batgirl fans, writing, “To every Batgirl fan – THANK YOU for the love and belief, allowing me to take on the cape and become, as Babs said best, ‘my own damn hero!’”
The news that Leslie Grace’s Batgirl movie was being completely shelved — in spite of $90 million already being spent on the DC Comics adaptation, according to NPR — shocked fans of superhero movies earlier this week. Among other big selling points for the film, it would’ve featured Michael Keaton reprising the role of Batman and Brendan Fraser playing the Gotham supervillain Firefly. The news has fans and entertainment news observers alike speculating about the future of the DC’s cinematic universe, and quite possibly that of HBO Max.
Landing side-by-side with the news of Leslie Grace’s Batgirl going the way of Nicolas Cage’s Superman Lives were some disturbing reports from HBO Max’s corner of the streaming world. As Vulture reported, the streaming service removed six of its own original features: The Witches, Moonshot, Superintelligence, Locked Down, Charm City Kings, and American Pickle. Soon afterward came reports that HBO Max could be laying off as much of 70% of its staff, and possibly even leaving scripted content behind altogether.
On Thursday, Giant Freakin Robot exclusively reported that it won’t just be Leslie Grace and the rest of the cast and crew of Batgirl who will be getting this kind of disappointing news. Our sources tell us three more DC Comics related HBO Max originals — Doom Patrol, the animated Harley Quinn series, and Titans — will be the next victims of Warner Bros. Discovery’s purge.