Batgirl directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are supported by other filmmakers, including Kevin Feige, Edgar Wright and James Gunn.
Just days after Batgirl was unceremoniously canceled a few days ago, Marvel CEO Kevin Feige reached out to El Abbey and offered his support.
“My friends, I had to reach out and let you know we’re all thinking of you both,” said Feige, whose emails to El Arbi were leaked via Instagram“Because of the great news about the wedding (congratulations!) and the disappointing news about Batgirl. So proud of all the amazing work you guys are doing, and of course especially Ms. Marvel! Can’t wait to see you What’s next. Hope to see you soon.”
The message of support contrasts with comments from Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, who suggested Batgirl wasn’t up to par.
“We’re not releasing any movies until they’re ready,” he said. “We’re not going to release a movie to make a season, we’re not going to release a movie — the point will be, in general, how do we make each of these movies as good as possible. But DC is our Something we thought could be done better, we’re focusing on right now.”
Warner Bros. Discovery has since announced a new 10-year plan for DC movies…but the upheaval didn’t calm down well, even for those inside the company.
DC Films president Walter Hamada is reportedly on the verge of resigning over the high-profile cancellation of “Batgirl.” Meanwhile, the company even started dropping HBO Max Originals — a move that left critics and pundits wondering what the hell Warner Bros. Discovery was doing.
Still, actors and filmmakers alike have rallied around the Batgirl director.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to work between absolute greats and build a lifelong relationship along the way!” said the film’s star Leslie Grace. “To every Batgirl fan – thank you for the love and faith that allowed me to don the cape and be what Babs said best ‘my own damn hero!'”
Even Jams Gunn and Edgar Wright reportedly expressed their support to the directors.
“Thank you for all the supportive messages from all over the world!” El Arbi said via Instagram. “Salutes to directors @edgarwright and @jamesgunn! Your kind words and experience mean a lot to help us through this difficult time. #batgirlforlife”
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It’s obviously significant to see so much support, especially from Gunn and Wright. After all, both directors have experienced the difficulty of canceling superhero projects.
Wright was best known for creating Marvel’s Ant-Man until he left due to creative differences, and Gunn was once fired from the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 before finally being rehired.
Still, it’s an unsettling time for DC filmmakers, and you have to wonder what the next DC projects are. For now, we’ll have to wait and see.
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Ryan Leston is an entertainment reporter and film critic for IGN.you can follow him Twitter.