Brendan Fraser may be winning awards for his performance in Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale, but DC Comics directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah think he could have won an Oscar for his role in Batgirl. The American-Canadian actor starred in the superhero film as Ted Carson, better known as the supervillain Firefly, opposite Leslie Grace’s Barbara Gordon/Batgirl. However, after DC’s parent company Warner Bros canceled the nearly finished film, no one will ever see his genius on the big screen again.
“[Fraser’s] performance in Batgirl was great,” Bilall said exclusively Express.es. “He’s very nuanced and was one of the most memorable and complex villains we’ve ever seen.” (sic)
Fraser would have joined the ranks of other DC Comics supervillains, including Paul Dano’s Riddler, Patrick Wilson’s Ocean Master, and Marwan Kenzari’s Sabbac.
However, it would have reportedly topped all these installments, as Bilall revealed that the actor’s performance was so good that he believed he could have won a prestigious award for it. “On the set we were looking at him and we were like, ‘He’s going to win an Oscar for this role!'”
There have been a few Firefly iterations in the past. Fraser’s version of the villain was going to show a crestfallen veteran who had lost the benefits of him, looking to burn down Gotham City.
Bilall continued: “We are very happy to have been a part of Brenassaince,” speaking about the revival of the star’s career. He added that Fraser is “probably going to win an Oscar” in his Hollywood comeback roles, referencing The Whale.
The directing duo, who also directed Ms Marvel and her recently released politically charged musical film Rebel, added that they loved jumping into the DC Cinematic Universe to work on the film with Michael Keaton as Batman and JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. .
The Belgian filmmakers also gave an update on the release of Batgirl and whether or not DC fans will ever see the movie on the big screen.
In August 2022, the new york post office reported that the $100 million film was scrapped after “poorly received” test screenings.
The source at the time told the publication: “They think a nondescript ‘Batgirl’ is going to be irredeemable.”
Bilall said of the film’s release: “So far, we don’t know anything. We don’t know information.”
Adil added that James Gunn’s new job as DC Studios’ chief creative officer is “encouraging” for the directors. He said, “Hopefully we can do something, a comic book movie with DC. Maybe we can reuse the footage we did for Batgirl. Hopefully so.”
Rebel is available now on digital platforms, presented by Signature Entertainment.
The Whale is already in theaters.
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