Batgirl actress’ father pleads for never-before-seen scene WB ‘promised’ him

DC bat girl spent months in production in Glasgow, the Scottish city dubbing Gotham for the third time in just a few years. The HBO Max filming had a big impact on the town during filming, as local businesses were reportedly hurt by bat girl closing streets and disrupting normal life.

Unfortunately, all of those struggles proved futile as Warner Bros. Discovery recently decided to cancel the Batman spin-off. Several movie stars have already spoken out against it, including an unnamed star who called WBD CEO David Zaslav a “imbecile” for the decision.

Actress Ivory Aquino – who was set to play best friend Alysia Yeoh – also shared an open letter begging the studio to reconsider after casting “poured [their] hearts” in the making of the film.

As stories continue to emerge from the production as WBD seemingly prepares to destroy existing footage, another heartbreaking story has emerged.

Young Batgirl actress ‘really upset’ about cancellation

Glasgow’s father, Alastair Neil, has pleaded for Warner Bros. Discovery publishes images of his daughter, Isla, in bat girl after landing a minor role in HBO Max’s canceled DC movie.

Neil called on WBD CEO David Zaslav to post the photos “caught on [Isla’s] shooting day” it’s up to him to show their family after the studio “promised” to deliver them:

“David Zaslav, @wbd @wbpictures, if you’re going ahead with the complete removal of Batgirl, can I at least have some pics of my daughter Isla in her scenes to show her mom, sisters, etc. photos were taken the day it was shot and I was promised they would be returned to me.”

According Glasgow timethe local schoolgirl dressed in her own Batgirl outfit to visit before the directors, Billal Fallah and Adil El Arbi, “came and took a video to post on Instagram” before offering him a role in the film. Her father spoke of the experience:

“One evening we went up to watch the filming and the directors came over and took a video to post on Instagram for Isla. He told me to give my phone number to one of the crew members and he would have Isla in the We never really thought about it, but that week we got a phone call from someone at Warner Bros. They had applied for an entertainment license from Glasgow City Council, and we got got permission from Isla’s school for her to take some time off and fill out the paperwork for us.”

Neil then discussed the praise the crew gave his daughter on set as an experience “made him feel like a star:”

“It was amazing. The sets she shot were amazing, I sat watching almost in tears. She took instructions very well. star. The team treated her like one too and I would like to thank the staff, the directors and Leslie for showing Isla so much love. After shooting one of the scenes she was in, the director replayed it to show me and it looked amazing.”

Glasgow’s father went on to discuss Isla’s “on the moon” reaction and plans they had to see the film when it was released:

“Isla was over the moon. It was touching to watch them together. It’s just a shame we didn’t get to see the movie. We had to keep it all a secret for so long. We kept to tell Isla ‘you’re going to be on the big screen.’ We were planning on going to the movies when the movie came out and she wanted her friends to see her in the movie.

Addressing how he and his daughter reacted to the cancellation, Neil revealed that she was “really upset” but “She will never forget.” The girl also had the chance to meet bat girl star Leslie Grace, and was sad to find out she won’t be able to see her again at the premiere:

“She was upset, really upset that it was dropped, but she has memories she will never forget. She also said, ‘I will never see Leslie Grace again,’ because she was hoping to go to the premiere and the see you again.. I was completely disgusted too. I expected to see my baby girl on screen in a real movie. Isla was actually on vacation when I heard the news and waited for her to come back to tell him face-to-face.”

The true impact of Batgirl’s cancellation

Batman and Batgirl, Warner Bros.

These heartbreaking comments from this Glasgow father only further underscore the impact that the cancellation of bat girl had. Not only will fans never be able to react to the DC film for themselves, but the cast and crew will never truly be able to enjoy the fruits of their hard work.

Warner Bros. attempted to make amends by holding “funeral screenings” in Burbank, California for those involved, including the cast, crew, and executives. However, this notably omits the many Glasgow residents who took part in the production, played additional roles and impacted their lives for months.

The story of Isla Neil only conveys the passion, kindness and generosity of directors Billal Fallah and Adil El Arbi. Their attempts to include this young Batgirl fan in the film will no doubt stay with her for life, which Warner Bros. keep his promises to publish the images of her or not.

Glasgow will double Gotham again when it hits theaters on the flash June 23, 2023.

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