Warner Bros Discovery cancelled DCEU movie Batgirl, which was mid-production and the crew is getting a show of support from Hollywood heavyweights, including some big names from the Marvel fraternity like Kevin Feige and James Gunn

Batgirl co-director Adil El Arbi said on Instagram that the MCU boss and Guardians of the Galaxy 3 director were among the names reaching out about the $90 million project, which was shelved as a tax write-down after being filmed. Baby Driver director Edgar Wright also lent his support. 

El Arbi quoted the email Feige wrote, addressed to him and his co-director Bilall Fallah: “My friends, I had to reach out and let you know we are all thinking about you both. Because of the wonderful news about the wedding (congrats!) and the disappointing news about Batgirl. Very proud of you guys and all the amazing work you do and particularly Ms Marvel of course! Can’t wait to see what is next for you. Hope to see you soon.”

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The Batgirl director added, “Thanks for all the messages of support all over the world. Shoutout directors Edgar Wright and James Gunn, your kind words and experience mean a lot and help us through this difficult period #batgirlforlife.” 

El Arbi and Fallah had directed two episodes of Ms Marvel for Feige. 

Meanwhile, Warner Bros Discovery CEO David Zaslav defended his choice to investors saying, “We’re not going to launch a movie until it’s ready”, and added, “We’re not going to launch a movie to make a quarter, and we’re not going to put a movie out unless we believe in it.”

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Zaslav believes the movie isn’t good enough for a theatrical release and is too expensive a project for their streaming platform HBO Max. Thus it made the most sense as a write-down. Leslie Grace was cast as the caped superhero in the movie which performed moderately in the test screening.