Brendan Fraser Comments on Batgirl’s ‘Disappointing’ Cancelation

It was a major bummer for everyone involved when Batgirl was canceled from its planned release on HBO Max. Even though the film has been completely shot and was getting finalized in post-production, the decision was made at Warner Bros. Discovery to toss the film completely as part of a new business strategy for the DCEU. There are no plans for Batgirl to ever be released, meaning fans will probably never get to see Leslie Grace leading the film as Batgirl alongside such big names as Michael Keaton as Batman, J.K. Simmons as Jim Gordon, and Brendan Fraser as the villain Firefly.

Fraser has since moved on with his starring role in the Darren Aronofsky film The Whale, which has been garnering rave reviews after being screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Speaking with Variety while doing press for the event, Fraser touched on the fate of Batgirl at HBO Max. The actor summed it all up as “disappointing,” as he feels the fans would have loved seeing Grace bringing Barbara Gordon to life in the movie. Fraser also suggests that the lesson to be learned here is to stick with “trusted filmmakers,” naming The Whale helmer Aronofsky as an example.


“It’s disappointing. The fans really wanted to see this film made. I was there. Leslie Grace is a dynamo… She just goes for it. She looks great in the outfit. The movie itself was shot and conceived for a smaller screen, in this age it would have come out of now between streaming service vs. theatrical release. It wound up being the canary in the coal mine. So, what did we learn from this? Work with trusted filmmakers. Like Darren.”

Leslie Grace Was Promising an Amazing Film Before Batgirl Was Axed


In a previous Variety interview from before the film’s demise, Leslie Grace spoke about what it was like to work with Brendan Fraser. She described that it was difficult in some ways as he was such a friendly person behind the scenes, but it was still an “incredible learning experience” to share the screen with him. Grace also teased some of the stunts that we now know that fans will not get to see.

“It was an incredible learning experience to be on set with also action veterans like Brendan Fraser, and soak up it all up. It was so hard because he’s our villain and I’m not supposed to like him but he’s such a huge teddy bear. He is one of the nicest people that I’ve ever met. In our fight sequences the way he would just hit marks, it came from all of his experience. You can’t improvise that kind of experience. There’s some crazy stuff that happens. There’s lots of fire because as everyone knows by now, he plays Firefly. There’s crazy fire. There’s crazy stunts, crazy drops. She’s a biker chick, so you’re going to see her do a bunch of badassery.”

Perhaps one day, the higher-ups at Warner Bros. Discovery will change their minds about Batgirl. For now, fans can expect to see Fraser when The Whale hits theaters on Dec. 9, 2022.