“Batgirl” star Ivory Aquino is not going to allow for the scrapped film’s wings to be clipped.
Aquino posted a lengthy letter on Twitter on Thursday, pleading with the Warner Bros. Studios’ CEO to properly release the film, just sooner or later after a rumor surfaced that the movie was being shown on the studio lot at “funeral screenings.”
Aquino — who’s transgender and played trans character Alysia Yeoh within the movie — tagged CEO David Zaslav, Warner Bros. Discovery and even Batgirl herself, Leslie Grace, throughout the expansive tweet thread.
“A letter to #DavidZaslav @WBD Dear Mr. Zaslav, I just read an article @THR about supposed ‘funeral screenings’ of #Batgirl and the chance afterwards that the film footage can be destroyed.. if so, as one among many who poured our hearts into the making of this movie, I ask that this measure be reconsidered,” Aquino began.
“As much as I’ve tried my best to be strong these past few weeks, I’d find myself crying, for lack of a greater term, from grief, and tonight was one among those nights,” she continued. “As much as Batgirl has been labeled a woke film, it simply got here together that way due to writing that reflects the world we live in.”
Aquino also drew on a private connection to the movie’s plot.
“For me, greater than anything, it’s a father-daughter story which hits near home as my Dad passed a 12 months ago, shortly before I booked this project, and I used to be hoping it could resonate with other children around the globe, grown and not-so-grown, who hold their fathers in the best esteem and who could see Batgirl as a story of that special bond,” Aquino shared.
“I’ve found myself not having the ability to discuss this ordeal with anyone. I spotted that nobody, other than those involved with the film, would actually understand what we’re feeling.”
Dear Mr. Zaslav,
I just read an article @THR about supposed ‘funeral screenings’ of #Batgirl and the chance afterwards that the film footage can be destroyed.. if so, as one among many who poured our hearts into the making of this
— Ivory Aquino (@MsIvoryAquino) August 25, 2022
Ivory Aquino (left) posted a lengthy letter to Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav on Twitter, pleading for the film starring Leslie Grace (right) to be released.Getty Images; Twitter/Leslie Grace
Aquino also referenced “Within the Heights” alum Grace, who was one among the forged members who reportedly found Warner Bros.’ decision to tug the film to be “humiliating” and “disappointing.”
“And talking about it with my castmates, I feel, is perhaps akin to rubbing salt on a still-open wound. My heart goes out to @LeslieGrace and our beloved directors and whole crew & forged who spent months dedicating their all to this endeavor,” she said.
“Leslie [Grace] checked in on me the day we discovered of the shelving and only had words of comfort and support. I’ve dared not ask since if she’s spent nights holding back tears like I actually have because she has needed to be the face of our Batgirl family and has needed to placed on a brave face as a way of taking good care of us the best way she gracefully steered our film.”
Grace, nonetheless, may get to fly in any case. Warner Bros. executives are allegedly working on a likelihood for her to play the role of the teenage vigilante Barbara Gordon in a future DC Comics project, or “not less than” offer her a starring role in one other Warner Bros. production.
“Consider releasing Batgirl,” Ivory Aquino begged within the tweets. “She’s at all times been an underdog and has nowhere to go but up.”FilmMagic
Aquino moreover suggested that “Batgirl” — which she called “a product of our hearts and souls” — deserves more of a likelihood, adding that she wished “that the little cogs not simply be seen as widgets whose fates are determined by an equation to learn the underside line.
“Greater than widgets, we’re fellow human beings and artists who, when given the possibility, can outperform the equation and multiply the underside line exponentially,” she added.
People surrounding “Batgirl” have spoken out in regards to the film because it was declared dead. Directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah told the Skript YouTube channel in an interview that they don’t have any footage from the project, claiming the studio blocked their access to the production servers after it was shelved.
Warner Bros. Discovery, nonetheless, has yet to deal with their claim.
“Mallrats” director Kevin Smith also gave his two cents, saying, “It’s an incredibly bad look to cancel the Latina Batgirl movie.”
In actual fact, Aquino even alluded to the percolating negativity in her Twitter rant.
“If a month ago, there wasn’t a marketing budget for Batgirl, I’d enterprise to say that that has been taken care of by the turn of events these past few weeks,” Aquino quipped on Twitter.
“Now, more people learn about our labor of affection and are wanting to see the movie. I do hope you get to read this letter. Consider releasing Batgirl,” Aquino begged.
“She’s at all times been an underdog and has nowhere to go but up.”
Comics scribe Gail Simone also supported the actress’s efforts, quote tweeting one among her bits and posting: “As a long-term author of Batgirl and the creator of the character the wonderful @MsIvoryAquino plays on this film, I couldn’t be more proud to know her than I’m at this moment.
As a long-term author of Batgirl and the creator of the character the wonderful @MsIvoryAquino plays on this film, I couldn’t be more proud to know her than I’m at this moment.
Please read her heartfelt words and share them. https://t.co/YLaqk9zmu7
— Gail Simone 💙💛 (@GailSimone) August 25, 2022
“Please read her heartfelt words and share them,” she encouraged.
The Post has contacted Warner Bros. and DC for comment.