Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the Belgian filmmakers behind the recently suspended batgirl film, have revealed that they have not saved any footage of the film, but are still hopeful that the film will one day be completed and released.
In a new interview for the SKRIPT YouTube channel, Arbi and Fallah gave more details about Warner Bros. from their perspective.’ shocking decision to suspend the batgirl film that was in the post-production stage.
El Arbi, who speaks in French, said they were in the middle of the editing process when Warners executives told them the film was being shelved. “The Warners guys told us, ‘It wasn’t a talent issue on our part or the actress, or even the quality of the film,'” said El Arbi.
El Arbi continued: “They told us it was a strategic change. There was new management and they wanted to save some money.”
batgirl was the victim of a new business strategy from David Zaslav, CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, who chose to shelve the project in order to make a $90 million tax write-off on the film.
Earlier reports said the couple were in Morocco for El Arbi’s wedding when they heard the news of… batgirl‘s racks. Fallah revealed how he felt: “First, when I heard the news I was shocked, I didn’t know how to react. I wanted to break things, cry, even laugh. I was like, ‘this isn’t happening.’”
Fallah added that they were surprised by the public reaction to the film’s shelving, and in particular the hashtag #ReleaseBatgirl trending on social media. “It was reassuring to see all the support on Twitter, and even from the great directors Edgar Wright and James Gunn, sending us messages of support.”
“After all, we make movies for the public, not for us,” said El Arbi. “We just hope that the film will be released one day, for the cast and crew. We are a small family.”
Fallah said, “We hope, Inshallah, that it will happen.”
The interviewer also asked the couple if they hoped so batgirl would have a resurrection like Zack Snyder’s? Justice League, El Arbi and Fallah said that a lot needs to be done before that is even possible. “There would be a lot of work to do before it is released one day. Just like the Snyder Cut,” said El Arbi, referring to how Warner Bros. another $70 million in Zack Snyder’s Justice League to finish the VFX, finish the score, and shoot new scenes before it was released on HBO Max.
“[Batgirl] cannot be released in its current state,” said El Arbi, “There is no VFX, we had to shoot a few more scenes. So if [Warners] wanted us to use the . releases batgirl film they should give us the means to do it. To close it well with our vision.”
When asked if they still had any footage from the film, Arbi and Fallah said no and that the studio had blocked their access to the production servers. ‘No, we have nothing! Adil called me and said, ‘Go ahead, shoot some stuff on your cell phone.’ I went to the server and everything was blocked,” Fallah said.
“We were like ‘fucking shit!'” El Arbi said. “All scenes with Batman in it! Shit!”