Brendan Fraser Says What Makes Him Sad About 'Batgirl' Cancelation Is Young Girls Not Seeing Leslie Grace in the Role

Brendan Fraser Says What Makes Him Sad About 'Batgirl' Cancelation Is Young Girls Not Seeing Leslie Grace in the Role

Brendan Fraser is opening up about the cancelation of the Batgirl movie.

The actor was set to play nemesis Firefly in the DC Comics film, before it got permanently shelved by parent company Warner Bros Discovery.

In a new interview, the 54-year-old actor opened up about calling star Leslie Grace after learning of the news, what he thought about her performance and what makes him sad about people not seeing the movie.

Keep reading to see what he said…

“I thought I was getting punked, but it checked out,” Brendan shared with Variety of learning the news about the film being canceled. “Then came hysterical laughter like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me?’ I know that the filmmakers and producers were expecting to hear from the studio about the film, and the anticipation was, ‘How do we broaden the movie out to take it from a streaming format to a theatrical release?’ But as we all know, it was the complete opposite. When we were expecting XYZ amount of support and money to expand scenes — to do pickup shots and those kinds of things — that was a gut punch. But then we learned that it was in the interest of writing down some debt? That part really stung.”

He then added that he called her immediately after, and he dislikes that now young girls won’t get to see themselves in Leslie‘s Batgirl.

“What I find most lamentable is that now a whole generation of little girls are going to have to wait longer to see a Batgirl and say, ‘Hey, she looks like me,’” he shared. “That makes me sad. I know how good she was. And I know what this would mean to so many people.”

Brendan also gushed about working with Leslie and praised her performance and being on set with her.

“It was just magical to see how she was as quietly confident as a young actress in this breakthrough role and had a sense of purpose and dignity,” The Whale star said. “She has a work ethic that is unrivaled. She’s dynamite — and dynamite comes in small packages but still goes bang. We do battle each other several times. There was a lot of kicking and punching and getting hurt but we were always help each other to our feet after breaking set pieces and knocking the tar out of each other.”

If you missed it, see what Leslie said about how she found out about Batgirl‘s cancelation and how she feels about DC co-CEO Peter Safran saying the movie was “not releasable” and would’ve hurt the studio.

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