In an interview with French outlet Skript, Batgirl co-directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah revealed that they were blocked access to the film’s footage following its cancellation.
“Adil called and told me, ‘Go ahead. Shoot everything on your mobile,’” Fallah said. “I went on the server … Everything was gone.”
El Arbi added: “We were like, ‘Fucking shit!’ All the scenes with Batman in them!”
El Arbi and Fallah also discussed Warner Bros Discovery’s rationale for the cancellation.
“The guys from Warner told us it was not a talent problem from our part or the actress, or even the quality of the movie,” El Arbi said. “They told us it was a strategic change. There was new management, and they wanted to save some money.”
“We just hope that one day, the movie would be released,” El Arbi said. “For the cast, the crew … we are a small family.” El Arbi and Fallah hope the movie will eventually see the light of day, similar to the widely demanded “Snyder Cut” of Justice League.
However, El Arbi and Fallah admit that the film will still need work if it were to ever be released. “It cannot be released in its current state,” El Arbi said. “There’s no VFX … we still had some scenes to shoot. So if one day they want us to release the ‘Batgirl’ movie, they’d have to give us the means to do it. To finish it properly with our vision.”