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‘It wound up being the canary in the coal mine’: Brendan Fraser Hints WB Doomed Batgirl By Turning it into a Made-for-TV Film

Brendan Fraser Hints WB Doomed Batgirl By Turning it into a Made-for-TV Film

Highly anticipated movies or TV series projects are a source of excitement and hope for great entertainment to fans. It would absolutely be heartbreaking to hear that the movie or TV show you were looking forward to was getting canceled, and this is the general feeling around Batgirl, whose fans had to bear the brunt of shattered hopes for the movie.

It’s been well over one and a half months since the Leslie Grace-led superhero movie was thrown into the bin by Warner Bros. Discovery, and fans were understandably furious and saddened upon hearing the news. Even one of the cast members, Brendan Fraser, had the same feelings as the fans about the cancelation.

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Brendan Fraser at an event

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On top of everything, Batgirl‘s cancellation came out of the blue, shocking fans who were gearing up for the release of the movie in theaters and HBO Max. The $90 million project had finished its filming process and was already in post-production prior to its cancellation.

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A still from the now-canceled Batgirl

The simple reason that WB gave for shelving the movie in its first statement following the cancellation was that it was the reflection of “our leadership’s strategic shift as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max”, hinting that they would hope to collaborate with everyone again at the end of the statement.

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Brendan Fraser, just like us, wasn’t too happy with what became of the movie that he was supposed to star in. Fraser was cast in the role of Firefly, the sociopathic-pyromaniac villain who Fraser says had an original story written for the character rather than adapting previous versions of the character.

Speaking to Variety, Fraser commented on the whole situation and how he felt about Batgirl’s cancellation-

“The fans really wanted to see this film made. Leslie Grace is a dynamo. The movie was shot and conceived for a smaller screen. In this age that we’ve come out of now between streaming service versus theatrical release, it wound up being the canary in the coal mine.”

Fraser’s appreciation for his co-star speaks volumes about how much he cares for his peers. It’s simply a shame that Batgirl never got to see the light of day.

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Michael Keaton Shares His Thoughts On Batgirl’s Cancellation

Michael Keaton must’ve probably been the most excited to be starring in Batgirl. For those who haven’t watched the older Batman movies, not the one with Christian Bale in it, Keaton was the dark knight in two Batman movies- Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992).

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Michael Keaton as Batman

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So it would only make sense that he would also be disappointed upon hearing that his destined return as Bruce Wayne after 30 long years was foiled by Warner Bros’ business decisions.

Speaking to Deadline, the 71-year-old actor shared his thoughts on the cancellation-

“I think it was a business decision. It was a film, it was a good one.”

Keaton was then asked about the possibility of him still reprising his role as the bat, to which he answered-

 “Oh, a little later tonight. No, I’m kidding. I don’t know. I really have no idea,”

Keaton does have a great sense of humor, which would’ve probably been translated into his reprisal of Bruce Wayne in Batgirl. 

Don’t let your hopes down yet Bat-fans, the movie’s release might have been canceled, but it was already wrapped up so we might get to see a future release.

Source: Bounding Into Comics

Written by Sang Tonsing

Sang is a content writer for Fandomwire with over 300 published articles. He now has 3 years of experience and counting in content writing. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Political Science at Delhi University.