The batgirl film has been suspended with a slew of sources citing poor public reaction to test screenings for a production featuring DC’s first trans character.
Leslie Grace played the superhero alongside Michael Keaton, who reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the Warner Bros. project.
The film marked DC’s first attempt at a transgender character with actor Ivory Aquino playing Batgirl’s best friend, Alysia Yeoh, as Breitbart News reported.
Aquino is best known for the activist LGBTQ series When we get upand portraying trans rights activist Cecilia Chung, according to TBEN.
The New York Post was the first to report the news late Tuesday night.
Reportedly budgeted at over $70 million, the film is set to hit theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service later this year.
It is alleged that the film was considered “irreparable” in the eyes of studio bosses, TBEN reports.
The news comes as a surprise to fans considering batgirl had completed production and a series of reshoots, UPI reports, but it couldn’t escape the simple fact that the test audience hated it.
The production was filmed entirely in the Scottish city of Glasgow and the council said it had provided a significant economic benefit to the city.
The film was based on the DC Comics character Barbara Gordon – or Batgirl – played by Leslie Grace.
batgirl is the alter ego of Barbara Gordon, Commissioner Gordon. Alicia Silverstone played her in 1997 Batman & Robin.
Warner Bros also confirmed that: Scoob! Holiday Haunt would be demolished.
A company spokesperson told the TBEN: “The decision not to release Batgirl reflects the strategic shift in our leadership regarding the DC universe and HBO Max.
“Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actor and this decision is not a reflection of her achievements. We are extremely grateful to the filmmakers of Batgirl and Scoob! Holiday Haunt and their respective cast and we hope to work with everyone again in the near future.”