The cast and crew of the shelved DCEU film Batgirl, as well as the fans, have recently faced challenges. The film’s abrupt cancellation in August after it had already been completed has sparked resentment among viewers and cast members, including Michael Keaton and Brendan Fraser. And even though we might never see the finished result on our TVs, That won’t stop people in charge of production from revealing little details of what might have been.
Ivory Aquino, who plays Batgirl, offered a high-action peek at one of the scenes that will never be released on Twitter over the weekend. Aquino’s footage featured one of the ladies (probably Cartagena) dressed in the Batgirl outfit, and she tagged both her co-star Leslie Grace, who portrayed the eponymous character and one of Grace’s stunt doubles, Emely Cartagena. The hero is shown flying through the air on a backflip and crashing a holiday party with a beautifully illuminated Christmas tree. The scene is shown first with the whole pulley system and cameras in position, then in a post-production view that spectators would have seen in the finished result.
Aquino’s most recent disclosure comes shortly after the actress published a letter she had written to Warner Bros. Discovery’s CEO David Zaslav (who just issued his own statement on the canceled feature), pleading with him to rethink yanking the picture. Aquino requested that the company allow the film to be viewed, admitting that she had been in a state of “grief” as a result of the film’s cancellation.
The debut of Batgirl would have been a game-changer for superhero movies with female leads as well as a chance to highlight underrepresented viewpoints. As the first transgender character in the DC Extended Universe, Alysia Yeoh—a bartender, aspiring chef, and Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl—was the role that Aquino was cast to play. It would have been amazing to see the actor in this part because she is a powerful voice in the trans community. It makes the cancellation of Batgirl all the more difficult to take in a world where visibility and representation matter.
We can only hope that Aquino and the rest of her cast members continue to give behind-the-scenes glimpses of what would have made for a fantastic film, even though it doesn’t seem like we’ll ever get to see the finished product of Batgirl. View Aquino‘s post by clicking the link below.