AceShowbiz - Ivory Aquino has been left devastated by the "Batgirl" cancellation. After The Hollywood Reported claimed Warner Bros. Discovery was holding "funeral screenings," the trans actress playing trans character Alysia Yeoh begged the studio's CEO David Zaslov to release the movie.
"Dear Mr. Zaslav, I just read an article @THR about supposed 'funeral screenings' of #Batgirl and the possibility afterwards that the film footage would be destroyed," she began her message shared on Instagram. "If this is the case, as one of many who poured our hearts into the making of this movie, I ask that this measure be reconsidered."
"As much as I've tried my best to be strong these past few weeks, I'd find myself crying, for lack of a better term, from grief, and tonight was one of those nights," the Filipina-American star added. "As much as Batgirl has been labeled a woke film, it simply came together that way because of writing that reflects the world we live in.
"For me, more than anything," she further elaborated. "It is a father-daughter story which hits close to home as my Dad passed a year ago, shortly before I booked this project, and I was hoping it would resonate with other children around the world, grown and not-so-grown, who hold their fathers in the highest esteem and who could see Batgirl as a story of that special bond."
Ivory went on to lament, "Talking about [the cancellation] with my castmates, I feel, might be akin to rubbing salt on a still-open wound." She then noted, "My heart goes out to Leslie Grace and our beloved directors [Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah] and entire crew and cast who spent months dedicating their all to this endeavor."
Concluding her lengthy post, Ivory stated, "Now, more people know about our labor of love and are eager to see the movie... Consider releasing Batgirl. She's always been an underdog and has nowhere to go but up."
Warner Bros. shocked everyone on August 2 when it announced its decision to shelve "Batgirl". The project, which was helme by Billal Fallah and Adil Al Arbi, had finished shooting, but was still far from complete, with temp visual effects and score.