‘Batgirl’ star Ivory Aquino’s emotional appeal to save superhero movie

Bat girl Star Ivory Aquino attends the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in May in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

One of its stars Bat girl talks about the future of the recently released superhero movie. Actress and outspoken transgender activist Ivory Aquino wrote an open letter to the head of Warner Bros. Discovery, David Zaslav, on Twitter after a report on The Hollywood Reporter that “funeral screenings” of the unfinished film were held on the Warner Bros. lot before the footage was placed in the studio’s vault — and possibly even destroyed.

“As one of the many who poured our hearts into the making of this film, I am asking that this measure be reconsidered,” Aquino wrote, referring to the suggestion that Warners may destroy existing footage to secure a tax break on canceled productions. “As much as I’ve tried my best to be strong these past few weeks, I would cry, for lack of a better term, from grief, and tonight was one of those nights.”

Directed by Belgian collaborators Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, Bat girl starred Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon, daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon (JK Simmons, reprising his role from batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League) who joins the ranks of Gotham City’s caped crusaders — including Michael Keaton’s vintage Batman — in pursuit of fire-starting villain Firefly (Brendan Fraser). Aquino played Barbara’s best friend Alysia Yeoh, a transgender Singaporean bartender who made her comic debut in 2011.

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Born in the Philippines, Aquino said People in 2017 she realized she was transgender as a child and transitioned in 2005. After moving to America to pursue a music degree, she began her acting career, giving acclaimed performances in the ABC miniseries When we get up and Netflix Stories of the city. Bat girl marked her debut in the DC Extended Universe and promised to be one of DC’s most diverse adaptations to date.

Of course, this diversity has sparked a vocal minority of comic book fans who regularly push back against so-called “revivals” of popular superheroes. And Aquino directly addressed that predictable backlash in her open letter, writing, “As much as Batgirl has been labeled as a vigilante film, it only came together that way because of the writing that reflects the world we live in.” The actress also revealed her intense personal connection to the story El Arbi and Fallah hoped to tell.

“More than anything, it’s a father-daughter story that hits close to home as my dad passed away a year ago, just before I wrapped this project,” she revealed. “I hoped it would resonate with other kids around the world, grown and not, who appreciate their fathers and who could see Batgirl as a story of that special bond.” Aquino added that she spoke with Grace the day news broke that the film was shelved. “[She] he had only words of comfort and support. I didn’t dare ask since then if she spent nights holding back tears like I did because she had to be the face of our Batgirl family and she had to put on a brave face to take care of us with grace. drove our film.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 02: Leslie Grace attends the premiere of Warner Bros.

Leslie Grace attends the 2021 premiere The Suicide Squad in Los Angeles. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

What is going to happen next with Bat girlHis current plans are the subject of much speculation. The film was in post-production when Zaslav turned it down, announcing that the studio would write off a tax on the $90 million project. In a recent interview with the French YouTube channel SKRIPT, El Arbi and Fallah revealed that they no longer have access to any of this footage, which they tried unsuccessfully to record on their mobile phones. “[Batgirl] it cannot be released in its current state,” El Arbi said. “There is no VFX, we still had to shoot some scenes. So if [Warners] he wanted us to release it Bat girl film they should give us the means to do it. to finish it right with our vision.”

In her letter to Zaslav, Aquino kindly requested that he consider providing the filmmakers with these means so that Bat girl he might live to fight another day. “If a month ago there was no marketing budget Bat girl, I would venture to say that this has been taken care of by the turn of events these past few weeks,” he noted. “Now, more people know about our love and are willing to watch the film. I hope you can read this letter. Think liberation Bat girl. He’s always been an outsider and has nowhere to go but up.”

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