'Batgirl' directors say they are 'saddened' after movie shelved

The directors of the superhero film "Batgirl" on Wednesday said they were "saddened and shocked" that Warner Bros. will shelve their movie.

The directors of the superhero film "Batgirl" on Wednesday said they were "saddened and shocked" that Warner Bros. will shelve their movie instead of releasing it in theaters or distributing it on the streaming service HBO Max — a rare decision from a major studio.

The film was expected to debut sometime this year.

"We still can't believe it," Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah said in a joint post on Instagram.

"As directors, it is critical that our work can be shown to audiences, and while the film was far from finished, we wish that fans all over the world would have had the opportunity to see and embrace the final film themselves. Maybe one day they will insha'Allah."

"Batgirl," budgeted at roughly $90 million, starred Leslie Grace ("In the Heights") and featured supporting performances by Michael Keaton (reprising his role as Batman), J.K. Simmons and Brendan Fraser.

https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/movies/batgirl-directors-say-are-saddened-movie-shelved-rcna41432


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