The industry is still reeling from the shocking moves that Warner Bros. over the past few days as the new leadership changes their overall strategy. These changes have resulted in the complete cancellation of batgirl, a film that was almost finished. The drastic move is not normal – in fact many longtime industry professionals are just as shocked as the general public.
The reason for the cancellation? Write for a tax. Presumably it also had something to do with its quality, but that has been disproved, so it’s unclear if it plays into the situation at all.
Both the directors and lead actress Leslie Grace have made public statements regarding the news, but comments are still coming in. Now Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has responded to the sad news.
Kevin Feige’s Message to the Directors of Batgirl
In a recent Instagram story Mrs. Marvel and batgirl Director Adil El Arbi shared a touching message he received from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige in the wake of his wedding and the cancellation of his HBO Max original DC movie.
Feige reached out to offer his congratulations on El Arbi’s marriage and his regrets for the cancellation of batgirl – which was co-directed by Bilall Fallah:
“My friends, I had to reach out to let you know that we are all thinking of you. Because of the great news about the wedding (congratulations!) and the disappointing news about Batgirl. Very proud of you for all the great work you have done done.” do and especially Ms. Marvel of course! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you. I hope to see you soon. “
The director captioned the post with a simple “thanks brother Kevin.”
The original message can be seen below:
In the story of El Arbi he also thanks everyone for “all statements of support around the world”, and gave specific shoutouts to Edgar Wright and James Gunn for their “kind words and experience,” which “[meant] a lot and [helped them] through this difficult period.”
Kevin Feige, a class act
Kevin Feige reaching out like that is definitely a class act. It’s never in dispute that the Marvel Studios president has a good relationship with the creatives he works with, but this is just further proof.
Obviously, he is probably far from the only one who has reached out with words of support. There are probably plenty of other filmmakers who have offered words of encouragement that won’t make it to audiences.
But what are the chances that Marvel Studios will try to work with the two? batgirl drivers sooner rather than later? if Mrs. Marvel returns for a second season, their talents could be of great use. After all, the episodes they worked on for the hero’s debut were the best of the bunch.
Fingers crossed that no matter what, things will start looking for them.
Mrs. Marvel is now streaming on Disney+.