A few weeks after the DC movie from HBO Max bat girl was canceled by David Zaslav-led Warner Bros. Discovery, the film’s directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah said in an interview with French outlet Skript that the studio quickly blocked them from accessing the pic’s footage after they unplugged the film during post-production.
Fallah said, “I went to the server… Everything was gone.
El Arbi added: “We were like, ‘F*cking sh*t!’ All scenes with Batman in it!
As Deadline first told you, the two filmmakers were in Morocco for El Arbi’s wedding when they heard the bad news about Bat girl.
“The guys at Warners told us it wasn’t a talent issue on our part or the actress, or even the quality of the film,” El Arbi said. He continued: “They told us it was a strategic change. There was new management and they wanted to save money.
“It can’t be released in its current state,” El Arbi added, pointing to a studio’s unusual move to kill off a film during a director’s rough cut. “There’s no VFX…we still had a few scenes to shoot. So if they ever want us to free the bat girl film, they should give us the means to do so. To finish it properly with our vision,” he added.
In an August 3 Instagram post after bat girl has been deleted, the filmmakers said, “We are saddened and shocked by the news. We still can’t believe it. As directors it is essential that our work is shown to the public, and although the film is far from finished, we wish that fans everywhere had the opportunity to see and embrace for themselves the final movie.
Asked about disposal bat girl, Zaslav, on WBD’s second-quarter earnings call, said, “We’re not going to release a movie until it’s ready,” while pointing out that a 10-year plan for the DC Cinematic Universe is in the works.