Now that Leslie Grace’s Batgirl has been officially scrapped by Warner Bros Discovery, fans are desperate to hear details about Michael Keaton’s scenes in the film.
In addition to Grace and Keaton, the film also featured J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, Brendan Fraser as Garfield Lynns/Firefly and Ivory Aquino as DC’s first trans character and Barbara Gordon’s best friend Alysia Yeoh. Batgirl was written by Christina Hodson (Bumblebee, Birds of Prey) and directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Bad Boys for Life, Ms. Marvel.)
Back in December 2021, Warner Bros. accidentally shared the news that Keaton had been added to the cast in a press kit and directors El Arbi & Fallah had mentioned that “the real Batman” might make an appearance in the film in an interview with VRTNWS.
Since then, fans have been abuzz with anticipation of seeing Keaton return to the role and we were all excited to see a mural of Keaton’s Batman being used on the set in Glasgow, but we hadn’t seen any pics of the caped crusader in action, just a possible leak of his new and improved costume:
Back in the beginning of July, early reactions to Batgirl hit Twitter and the film seemed to be received well among those who were lucky enough to see it. The film reportedly scored a 60. While this may seem low to the everyman, let’s put it in perspective.
An early version of Shazam: Fury of the Gods also scored a 60. Many horror films go on to be hits while scoring a 60 in test screenings. Batgirl, like other films, was screened with temp track music and incomplete VFX.
ViewerAnon, a reputable insider who has leaked earlier details regarding blockbusters and test screening receptions, shared details regarding Michael Batman’s return in the wake of the Batgirl news:
He then replied to his own tweet with more details:
So now we know there wasn’t any actual Batman training Batgirl as fans had surmised and Keaton’s screen time was somewhat limited. ViewerAnon also spilled the beans about Simmons and Fraser’s performances:
With Batgirl getting shelved, fans are left wondering what will become of The Flash, especially knowing Ezra Miller’s recent arrests. So far the projects that appear to be safe from the chopping block are Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, Black Adam, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, a sequel to its billion-dollar Joker and third Wonder Woman film, but who knows at this point.