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Peter Safran Supports Canceling Batgirl and Ending Brendan Fraser’s DCU Career: “It would have hurt DC”

Peter Safran Supports Canceling Batgirl and Ending Brendan Fraser's DCU Career: "It would have hurt DC"

As fans await the new DC projects, the conversation about the canceled films and shows, including Batgirl, has started again. After a chaotic year full of cancellations and axed projects, DC is finally getting back on track with James Gunn’s new plan. The co-CEO of the DC Studios announced the first chapter of his new DC plan this week. They also talked about the film, featuring Leslie Grace and Brendan Fraser, which was canceled by Warner Bros. executives after it failed to live up to their expectations.

Leslie Grace was in the lead role in Batgirl before David Zaslav's cancellation.

The new co-CEO of DC Studios has also shared his thoughts on the canceled project. Talking about Batgirl, Peter Safran justified the studio’s decision as he said that the film was not releasable.

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Peter Safran Calls Batgirl Unreleasable

Batgirl was expected to introduce Leslie Grace as Batgirl and bring back Michael Keaton as Batman. The Mummy star Brendan Fraser was also expected to make his DC debut as the supervillain Garfield Lynns, aka Firefly, with the 2022 film. While the film was said to have several action scenes between the antagonist and the protagonist, DC fans never got a look at it, as Warner Bros. canceled the film prior to its release.

HBO Max’s canceled Batgirl

The new co-CEOs, James Gunn and Peter Safran, were asked about the film’s cancelation during their new DC slate reveal. The film producer Peter Safran justified the decision by saying that it would have hurt DC.

He said that he saw the film and praised the people involved with the project before calling it “not releasable.” He also said, “It happens sometimes.” Safran then went on to say that canceling the film would not have been an easy decision for the studio.

Peter Safran
DC Studios’ co-CEO Peter Safran

He said, “I think Zaslav and the team made a bold and courageous decision to cancel it because it would have hurt DC and those people involved.” Peter Safran then shared that he recently talked to the film’s directors, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, and would love to work with them in the future.

He also said that the screenwriter of Batgirl is already “back in business” with DC, hinting that Christina Hodson could be a part of Gunn’s writer room for the first chapter of DC, “Gods and Monsters.” Peter Safran also said that being one of the important superheroes in the DC, Batgirl will surely join the DCU in future projects.

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Brendan Fraser Calls Batgirl Cancellation Heartbreaking

Brendan Fraser made a huge comeback to the Hollywood limelight with Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale. The actor, who believed that he was probably blacklisted by the industry due to some specific reasons, could have had his comeback with the 2022 film, Batgirl.

Brendan Fraser was cast as Firefly in Batgirl
Brendan Fraser was cast as Firefly in Batgirl

Frasor expressed his concern for his co-star, Leslie Grace, during an interview with GQ. He said that the American singer-actor worked so hard for this film and that it was “heartbreaking” to see the film get canceled after everything they did.

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s film was set to release on the streaming platform HBO Max. However, Warner Bros Discovery canceled the film prior to its release. Grane also called The Whale star “sweet” as she shared her experience working with him on the film.

She shared that she would have loved it if fans were able to see their performances in the film, but she still feels blessed to be able to work with Fraser.

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Source: Discussing Films

Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.