BATGIRL Fans Show Support For Directors After Release Of BAD BOYS 4 Trailer

BATGIRL Fans Show Support For Directors After Release Of BAD BOYS 4 Trailer BATGIRL Fans Show Support For Directors After Release Of BAD BOYS 4 Trailer

Following the release of the first trailer for Bad Boys: Ride or Die, fans have rallied behind directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, whose Batgirl movie was scrapped by WBD in 2022...

By MarkCassidy - Mar 27, 2024 08:03 AM EST
Filed Under: Batgirl

The first trailer for the fourth Bad Boys movie, Bad Boys: Ride or Die, was released online yesterday, and the footage has resulted in a renewed swell of support for directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah following Warner Bros. Discovery boss David Zaslav's controversial decision to scrap their Batgirl movie back in 2022.

The project was binned as a tax write-off, with reports doing the rounds at the time that Barbara Gordon's first solo outing simply wasn't very good, and DC Studios co-CEO Peter Safran would later suggest that Batgirl may have been even more of a mess than we'd been led to believe.

"I saw the movie, and there are a lot of incredibly talented people in front of and behind the camera on that film. But that film was not releasable, and it happens sometimes. That film was not releasable. I actually think that [president and CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery David] Zaslav and the team made a very bold and courageous decision to cancel it because it would have hurt DC. It would have hurt those people involved."

Several people involved with the movie, including stars Leslie Grace and Brendan Fraser, have pushed back against these claims, and fans are now even more convinced that there is "no way Batgirl could have been unreleasable."

Of course, a great trailer (debatable) doesn't always lead to a great movie, and even if Bad Boys 4 turns out to be amazing, it doesn't mean the filmmakers didn't deliver a dud with Batgirl.

At any rate, the chances of us ever seeing Batgirl for ourselves are somewhere between slim and none (we're not even sure the movie still exists), although Grace has confirmed that she has spoken to Safran and James Gunn about potentially returning as Babs down the line.

What do you make of this show of support? Drop us a comment down below.

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bobevanz - 3/27/2024, 8:57 AM
Idc about Bad Boys after 2, but I would like to see Batgirl.. maybe someone made a copy and is waiting patiently for Zaslav to get the boot lol
ReverseFlasher - 3/27/2024, 10:20 AM
@bobevanz - lmfaooo why? Have you seen the third, or are you just “no Bay, no way”? Lol
Itwasme - 3/27/2024, 8:58 AM
The movie may not be very good regardless of the quality of directors. Making a movie is really hard because you don't actually know if it's good until you're in the editing room after it's been shot. But I'd like to see this after all the hype. I don't know what additional costs are to release this via streaming or if it would mess up their tax write off, but I'm curious.
MarkCassidy - 3/27/2024, 9:02 AM
@Itwasme - I get it... nobody wants to side with the big corporation over the artist, but it seems to be very hard for some people to comprehend that the movie may simply have sucked ass.
Itwasme - 3/27/2024, 9:04 AM
@MarkCassidy - there's very little sympathy for how difficult it is to make a movie. It's all very much "what have you don't for me lately." Sometimes things just don't work out. I hope people would be sympathetic here though. I don't think they have high expectations.
FinnishDude - 3/27/2024, 9:24 AM
@MarkCassidy - And that shouldn't matter. It shouldn't be a choice of a non-artist businessman to make.
MarkCassidy - 3/27/2024, 9:33 AM
@FinnishDude - it shouldn't, but welcome to the film industry.
McMurdo - 3/27/2024, 9:59 AM
@MarkCassidy - I'll be honest. This bad boys movie looks really awful too.
Typhoon20 - 3/27/2024, 11:18 AM
@MarkCassidy - The corporation that released some of the worst shit in BvS and Suicide Squad didn't release this because it could have also been shit lmao. Can't make this up.
Patient2670 - 3/27/2024, 2:03 PM
@FinnishDude - Like it or not, as long as that non-artist businessman is putting up the money to make that movie, they get a say in decision making.
JobinJ - 3/27/2024, 8:59 AM
Y'all are on crack. Batgirl looked terrible. 90lb girl kicking large goons asses.....yeah ok.
DudeGuy - 3/27/2024, 9:08 AM
The people who want to see this movie only want to see it out of morbid curiosity, and they are masking that curiosity as respect for artist integrity. If this movie got released, they would be the first one screaming “How could they release this?!” The same way they scream that over the likes of Madame Webb and Morbius.
zeon00 - 3/27/2024, 9:10 AM
Just let it go
TheVisionary25 - 3/27/2024, 9:22 AM
I would have and still do want to see their Batgirl honestly…

Maybe it was unreleasable but I doubt that considering some of the VFX in the Flash that apparently Zaslav & co thought we’re good enough to show the entire world while this was canned before it could even work on its CG.

I think it was likely shelved because they already knew they were going to go a different direction and due to Keaton being in this didn’t want audiences to think that this would be the universe going forward.

Anyway , I haven’t checked out any of their foreign stuff but I have enjoyed Adil & Bilal’s work so far in Hollywood whether it be Bad Boys for Life or the 2 episodes of Ms Marvel they did so I hope they continue to flourish (maybe even get a chance to direct a movie in the DCU or MCU?).

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Patient2670 - 3/27/2024, 2:09 PM
@TheVisionary25 - Probably a bit of all of the above. I'm sure there were also a variety of reasons that we'll never be privy to. It wouldn't surprise me at all if this were cancelled in part to actually subsidize the costs of the Flash, A much bigger and precarious production that they wouldn't have been able to do the same with. I would like to have seen it as well, but it is what it is.
vectorsigma - 3/27/2024, 9:44 AM
These directors are capable. Bad boys 3 and the first ep of Ms Marvel were great. Makes me think that the press release that Batgirl sucked was just because for the tax exemption.

Gunn should get them for the DCU
McMurdo - 3/27/2024, 10:00 AM
@vectorsigma - this looks terrible too
vectorsigma - 3/27/2024, 12:22 PM
@McMurdo - i beg to differ. Looks fun
Deadinside - 3/28/2024, 8:35 AM
@McMurdo - I concur...! I couldn't make it through BB3 & this trailer was just, as the kids say, meh...!☮️🤷‍♂️
DalekCraigWasson - 3/27/2024, 9:47 AM
I don't think Batgirl looked particularly great, but I was so, so put off by Peter Safran's sycophantic comments above, like I was Gunn slobbering over The Flash and all the 2023 "We are DC now so let's talk about how great Blue Beetle is! I mean, the movie is not canon, but one character is!" Quit kissing the boss' ass and focus on hyping your movies up.

If Gunn and Safran willingly just wanted to say "Batgirl sucks, The Flash rules, my boss is awesome!" it makes me skeptical of their vision for DC. If they had to make these comments because Zaslav put a gun to their head and said, "You're DC now. Do some DCing," then that also makes me worried for the future of DC.
TheVisionary25 - 3/27/2024, 9:54 AM
@DalekCraigWasson - I get ya

I have more faith in Gunn then others on here and am excited about the DCU so far but Zaslav really concerns me honestly

Also wasn’t this going to streaming anyway like Blue Beetle before they changed their mind?

If so then I think I they should have known it wouldn’t have the production values of a big theatrical feature but seems like they were going for a smaller scale story anyway.
bkmeijer1 - 3/27/2024, 10:01 AM
I never believed it either. The directors' track record is solid. Maybe they should just leak it.

And even if it turns out it isn't good (obviously, in an unfinished state), I still don't believe it would've hurt DC more than any of the other movies they did release last year.
TheCoonII - 3/27/2024, 10:05 AM
I mean……Spielberg made A.I. good directors can make an odd bad movie now and again
Amuro - 3/27/2024, 10:38 AM
I think I believe Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah more to know their work and to make a good movie, rather than the people at Warner (and especially David Zaslav) to judge the quality of a movie with their very poor track record of last year (they didn't make a single good movie or box-office success).

From what we saw from all these people so far, better to say that it'll likely have been a very good movie and only Zaslav and the people of Warner would have thought it would bomb. Sadly, the most incompetent people make the decisions.
Patient2670 - 3/27/2024, 2:14 PM
@Amuro - Barbie and Dune 2 might not agree with your statement. That said, I like what I've seen from these directors and wish we could have gotten to see Batgirl. I'm looking forward to BB4.
theBlackSquare - 3/27/2024, 10:57 AM
Really enjoyed the last Bad Boys, just solid good fun. Will def have a watch of this when it's out.
Cleander - 3/27/2024, 11:04 AM
The only way the directors can reclaim their reputation is for this Bad Boys movie to do really well critically and box office wise.
Patient2670 - 3/27/2024, 2:19 PM
@Cleander - I don't think their reputation is on the line to begin with. For most people, they'll only be judged on the things that they've seen. A bad Boys movie is never going to be a critical hit. But they always make huge box office. People who go to these things know what they're getting and choose accordingly.
Cleander - 3/28/2024, 6:18 PM
@Patient2670 - I see what you're saying but it still needs to be a hit.
Patient2670 - 3/28/2024, 8:39 PM
@Cleander - Of course. I'm just saying that Batgirl didn't damage their reputation. If anything, they gained a ton of good will from the public which will, if anything, bolster their worth - unless, of course, BB4 is an utter disaster. Then they'll have no execs to blame.
ManofSteel79 - 3/27/2024, 1:27 PM
A good trailer doesn't mean that the movie is good. I guess some people still haven't learned that lesson.
Drace24 - 3/27/2024, 2:45 PM
So THIS is what you gotta do when they come for you!

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