Directors of ‘Batgirl’ film felt “sad” while watching ‘The Flash’

Directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah felt that “we could have been part of the whole thing.”

Batgirl was canceled last year after poor test screenings.

Adding to a long list of cinematic DC comics Ls, Batgirl never got a chance to make her big-screen debut. The movie would have been next on the DC lineup after The Flash, had it not been canceled last year ahead of the big reboot of the universe.

In an interview with Insider, the movie's directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah expressed sadness while watching The Flash. The Batgirl directors felt that they could have been part of the DC Universe but never got the opportunity to showcase their movie to audiences.

"We watched it, and we were sad," Adil said. "We love director Andy Muschietti and his sister Barbara, who produced the movie. But, when we watched it, we felt we could have been part of the whole thing. We didn't get the chance to show Batgirl to the world and let the audience judge for themselves."

"Because the audience really is our ultimate boss and should be the deciders of if something is good or bad, or if something should be seen or not." He adds, "Our movie was very different than The Flash. That has a big fantasy component, ours was more grounded. More like Tim Burton's Gotham City."

Director Adil El Arbi shared a photo of himself with Leslie Grace and Michael Keaton on the set of Batgirl.

Leslie Grace starred as Batgirl in the film and would have seen Michael Keaton once again reprise his role as Batman following his return in The Flash. Director Adil El Arbi shared a photo of himself with Grace and Keaton standing face-to-face and in full costume.

The movie was scrapped by DC Films in August 2022 as the studio felt that the film "simply did not work" and ran contrary to CEO David Zaslav's mandate to make "big theatrical event films." Batgirl is reportedly one of the most expensive films to be canceled in history.

"It's the biggest disappointment of our careers," Adil shared. "As a fanboy, just to be in the presence of Keaton as Batman, that's just a privilege and an honor. But it's a bittersweet feeling."

Despite the negative experience with Batgirl, the directors still want to make a comeback with the DCU if given the opportunity. According to the directors, they want to showcase what they can bring to the table with a comic book movie project. "There's still a feeling of unfinished business," Bilall said.

Leslie Grace shared photos of herself in full costume as Batgirl.

"Our love for DC, Batman, Batgirl, Gotham City, it's so big that, as fans, we could never say no to another project," Adil continued. "If we got another chance to be part of it, we'd do it. We didn't get our day in court. We still want to make our case."

James Gunn and Peter Safran's vision for the new DC Universe still has projects that still do not have directors attached. It may be the opportunity that the directors are waiting for as Safran previously mentioned that he is open to working with them on future projects.

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  1. I am pissed. The Flash has always been my favorite super hero and that movie was like a spit in the face. They feel sad, imagine how I feel!

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