Directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah received messages of support from Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and filmmakers Edgar Wright and James Gunn after their upcoming film. Bat girl was canned by Warner Bros in a move that sent shock waves through the industry. Batgirl, a $90 million superhero spinoff that would have also featured Michael Keaton’s Batman, was designed as an HBO Max exclusive.
Adil & Bilall recently collaborated with Marvel on the Disney Plus show Ms Marvel. Adil, who found out about Batgirl’s cancellation during her wedding, republished the email he and Bilall received from Feige. He would say, “My friends, I had to contact you and tell you that we are all thinking of you two. For the wonderful wedding news (congratulations!) and the disappointing ‘Batgirl’ news. I’m so proud of you guys for all the amazing work you do and particularly ‘Ms. Wonder’ of course! I can’t wait to see what’s next for you. I hope to see you soon.”
Adil El Arbi also thanked Edgar Wright and James Gunn for their ‘kind words and expertise’ that have helped them through ‘this difficult time’. Wright dropped out of Marvel’s Ant-Man weeks before filming after developing the project for more than half a decade. Gunn, like Adil & Bilall, has worked on Marvel and DC projects. The filmmaking duo is best known in Hollywood for directing the biggest movie of 2020, Bad Boys for Life.
Warner Bros also dropped the exclusive title of Max Scoob!: Holiday Haunt, a sequel to the 2020 animated reboot of the Scooby Doo franchise. The film’s co-writer, Paul Dini, wrote in a tweet that he couldn’t understand the business strategy behind the film’s cancellation, especially since it was “95% done” and had done well with test audiences.
WB said that the films did not align with the studio’s content strategy going forward and that they would not release a film unless they “believed in it”. The studio said in a previous statement that Batgirl’s cancellation is not a reflection on Adil & Bilall, or the talents and contributions of star Leslie Grace.