‘Why are they whining about artistic integrity now?’: Batgirl Cancelation Gets Ugly As Fans Ask Where Was The Support When Zack Snyder and David Ayer Were Not Allowed To Have Their Creativity Unleashed

Expected to bring the DCEU together, Zack Snyder was set to direct the Justice League until his absence from the production allowed Warner Bros. to bring into The Avengers director Joss Whedon to make the movie more light-hearted and funny.

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Many fans were confused and disappointed with Jared Leto’s Joker in Suicide Squad.

But the movie was panned, by audience and critics alike. The tonal inconsistencies, awkward color grading, and Mustache gate did not help its case as it has a Rotten Tomato score of 39%.

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In 2016, DC also released another controversial film, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, which too was received with a mixed reception but leaned towards the negative. Much of the audience failed to understand the creative decisions taken in the villain ensemble movie.

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Fans demanded the Snyder Cut and Ayer Cut

After Zack Snyder confirmed that a significant portion of the Snyder Cut still existed, it resulted in a campaign with the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut that resurrected the Snyderverse one more time to let the fans see Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

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Zack Snyder decided to not take any money to make his cut of the movie.

The movie was better received and won so many fans back that it encouraged Suicide Squad‘s director to also confirmed that his cut of the movie also existed He stated that there’s only some VFX work to be done to finish his vision but the head of Warner Bros has refused to budge.

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Despite the fans wanting to only see the directors fulfill their artistic desire, news outlets presented the fans to be toxic. In an article published by GQ, it commented on the fans’ campaign:

“Zack Snyder’s Justice League is the titular director’s new cut of his superhero movie, the result of years of hardcore (and frequently toxic) fan rallying”

DC shelves Batgirl movie starring Leslie Grace

Starting off development in 2017, the Batgirl movie was done filming with Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah as its directors and Leslie Grace playing the titular character, but Warner Bros decided to pull the plug on the release on August 2 of 2022.

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After Batgirl got shelved, many fans speculated it might be a step in restoring the Snyderverse.

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Despite not having commented on the cancellations, it’s reasonable to assume that the cast and crew are devastated, having worked on it for years. The movie was also set to see J.K. Simmons reprise his role as James Gordon, expanding the DCEU.

Release the Batgirl film?

In similar DC fan fashion, fans are rallying behind the movie to see it and support the cast and crew. Gaining further momentum, @DiscussingFilm reported that a ‘rival exec’ referred to Batgirl being canceled as “unprecedented shit”. 

Batgirl was originally helmed by Joss Whedon, but later left stating he failed to come up with a story.

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But many fans have pointed out, that people who ridiculed fans campaigning to see the directors, Zack Snyder and David Ayer fulfill their vision are now asking the studio to release Batgirl, leaving many baffled by the hypocrisy. While it’s definitely heartwrenching for everyone involved in Batgirl to find the movie shelved, the question arises if artistic integrity is only suitable for a few selected directors.

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Written by Nikhil Makwana

Nikhil Makwana is a writer for FandomWire, with interests in DC comics, anime, indie films, independent films, and Nicolas Cage. He’s pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in BBA,LLB from IFIM Law School. When he’s not writing, he reads books such as the classic Dune series and existential essays from Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre.