Marvel’s President Kevin Feige, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn and director Edgar Wright all reached out to Batgirl directors following the shocking shutdown of the DC film.
As shared by The Hollywood Reporter, the Batgirl directors helmed two episodes of Ms. Marvel for Feige. Wright helped develop Ant-Man for Marvel before exiting, while Gunn has worked both sides of the comic-book aisle, helming DC’s The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker along with Marvel’s Guardians franchise.
Arbi revealed on Instagram stories that Feige, Gunn and Wright have all have reached out about the $90 million project, which was shockingly shelved by Warner Bros. as a tax write-down after being filmed. “My friends, I had to reach out and let you know we are all thinking about you both.,” Arbi quoted Feige’s email to himself and co-director Bilall Fallah.
“Because of the wonderful news about the wedding (congrats!) and the disappointing news about Batgirl. Very proud of you guys and all the amazing work you do and particularly Ms. Marvel of course! Can’t wait to see what is next for you. Hope to see you soon.”
Arbi added: “Thanks for all the messages of support all over the world.”
“Shoutout directors Edgar Wright and James Gunn, your kind words and experience mean a lot and help us through this difficult period #batgirlforlife.” On Thursday, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav suggested the movie wasn’t good enough for a theatrical release and too costly for the HBO Max streaming service and that, financially, Batgirl made the most sense as a write-down.
“We’re not going to launch a movie until it’s ready,” Zaslav told investors during an earnings call. “We’re not going to launch a movie to make a quarter, and we’re not going to put a movie out unless we believe in it.” Per THR, Batgirl did an audience test screening where it scored in the low 60s which is still far from a number that would typically result in a film not being released at all.
Moreover, DC Films president Walter Hamada will be exiting the studio in the wake of the Batgirl decision, but has agreed to stay until the October 21 release of Black Adam.