Batgirl Directors Hope Brendan Fraser Oscar Win Saves DC Movie
Batgirl directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah hope that Brendan Fraser winning an Oscar for The Whale could save their DC movie off the shelf.
As the star continues to become a major award candidate, Batgirl directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah hope a Brendan Fraser Oscar win could save their DC movie. Fraser was starring in the DC Universe film as Ted Carson, a disgruntled veteran who elects to take his anger out on Gotham City by transforming into the sociopathic pyromaniac better known as Firefly. Despite a smooth production and much anticipation among audiences, the Batgirl movie was shelved in mid-2022 as part of new Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav’s efforts to clear up the $3 billion in debt inherited from the merger.
In a recent interview with Variety, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah open up about their time on Batgirl and Fraser’s recent buzzy performance in The Whale. While reflecting on the possibility the star could win an Oscar for his performance, the directing duo were excited at the prospect of his winning, and somewhat jokingly hoped it could save their DC movie. See what El Arbi and Fallah said below:
He is so, so talented. The way he played that character… It was one of the most memorable villains, so we’ll see. Maybe when he wins his Oscar they’ll want to show the movie.
How Likely Is A Batgirl Movie Resurrection
The Batgirl directors would go on to note that the shelving came as they were only in the “first stages” of the editing process, with most of the VFX not yet produced and additional photography needed, lining up with earlier reports that part of the cancelation stemmed from WBD not wanting to put more money into the project. In spite of this, both of their continued hopes to come back to the DCU movie and see it saved from being shelved forever does prove pretty heartwarming for the fans who share their feelings of seeing the film. The question in many audiences minds now becomes how likely a Batgirl movie resurrection could be.
Unfortunately for those still holding out hope the film could see the light of day, the chances for Batgirl to be saved are relatively slim solely for the financial reason that the DC movie was scrapped for a tax write-off. Should the studio attempt to make money off of it later down the road, this would necessitate that WBD pay back the money they made from this write-off, and considering Zaslav has made a number of cost-cutting decisions, his willingness to pay the money needed to allow the film to be released seems unlikely. Additionally, with additional production and VFX still needed on the film, it’s doubtful that the studio will offer it the same retroactive financial support as given to Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
Outside of Fraser’s Oscars buzz for The Whale, one of the biggest keys to whether the Batgirl movie could be saved is new DC Studios heads, James Gunn and Peter Safran. The directors behind the scrapped DCU movie recently confirmed they have a meeting scheduled with the two in the near future, while previous reports indicated that WBD were looking to enlist El Arbi, Fallah and star Leslie Grace to new contracts to return to the franchise, seemingly leaving the door open for Gunn to argue to the studio that the film is vital to his and Safran’s 10-year DCU plan. In the meantime, audiences can look forward to Fraser’s acclaimed performance with The Whale hitting theaters on Friday.
Next: Everything We Lost With The Batgirl CancellationSource: Variety