Batgirl directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah were inundated with support from fellow filmmakers including Kevin Feige, Edgar Wright and James Gunn.
After Batgirl was summarily canceled a few days ago, El Arbi was contacted by Marvel CEO Kevin Feige, who offered his support.
“My friends, I had to reach out and let you know that we are all thinking of you both,” said Feige, whose email to El Arbi was made public via Instagram. “Because of the wonderful news about the wedding (congratulations!) and the disappointing news about Batgirl. Very proud of you guys for all the great work you are doing and especially of course Ms. Marvel! I can’t wait to see what’s next for you. I hope to see you soon.”
This message of support is in stark contrast to comments from Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, who suggest Batgirl hasn’t been keeping up with the times.
“We won’t release a film until it’s finished,” he said. “We’re not going to put out a movie to do a quarter, we’re not going to put out a movie – the focus is going to be how do we make each of those movies as good as possible in general. But DC is something we think we could improve on and that’s what we’re focusing on now.”
Warner Bros. Discovery, meanwhile, has announced a new 10-year plan for the future of DC movies … but the upheaval hasn’t gone down well, even with the company’s staff.
DC Films President Walter Hamada was reportedly on the verge of quitting due to the high-profile cancellation of Batgirl. Meanwhile, the company has even begun to ditch HBO Max Originals — a move that has critics and pundits wondering exactly what Warner Bros. Discovery is doing.
Nonetheless, actors and filmmakers alike have flocked to the Batgirl directors.
“I feel blessed to have worked among the absolute bests and built relationships throughout my life!” said the film’s star, Leslie Grace. “To every Batgirl fan – THANK YOU for the love and faith that made it possible for me to don the cloak and, as Babs put it best, become ‘my own fucking hero’!”
Even Jams Gunn and Edgar Wright have reportedly reached out to the directors to show their support.
“Thank you for all the messages of support around the world!” El Arbi said via Instagram. “Thanks to directors @edgarwright & @jamesgunn! Your kind words and experience mean a lot and are helping us through this difficult time. #batgirlforlife”
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It clearly means a lot to see so many messages of support, especially from Gunn and Wright. After all, both directors have experienced the difficulties of canceling superhero projects.
Wright famously worked on Marvel’s Ant-Man until he left due to creative differences, while Gunn was once rehired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 before finally being behind.
Still, it’s an unsettling time for DC filmmakers, and it has you wondering what other DC projects might follow next. At the moment we have to wait and see.
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Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. you can follow him Twitter.