Ivory Aquino Pleading with Warner Bros to Release The Batgirl Movie

Ivory Aquino, the actress who plays Batgirl, has written an emotional letter to Warner Bros. Discovery president David Zaslav, pleading with him to reconsider shelving the film.


Who is Ivory Aquino ?

Aquino grew up in the Philippines. She knew she was transgender from a young age. Stating in a 2017 interview, “As soon as I was born, I was always a girl; I was just assigned differently at birth.” She began hormone therapy in her mid-teens. She was frequently bullied at school. Her parents supported her transition.

Plan to permanently destroy the footage from the film

Ivory Aquino, star of “Batgirl,” has spoken out about Warner Bros.’ decision to shelve the DC film indefinitely. In an emotional letter to Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslov, Aquino — who played Barbara Gordon (a.k.a. Batgirl) — pleaded with the studio executive to reconsider the alleged plan to permanently destroy the film’s footage.

Ivory’s message came in to a recent Hollywood Reporter article

Her message was in response to a recent Hollywood Reporter article claiming

that the studio was holding “funeral screenings” before potentially cancelling the film. According to THR, “Warners may take the drastic step of actually destroying its ‘Batgirl’ footage to demonstrate to the IRS that the project will never generate any revenue, and thus it should be entitled to the full write-down immediately.”

Warner Bros’s announcement

On Aug. 2, Warner Bros. announced it would scrap its $90 million-budgeted “Batgirl,” despite the DC film being nearly complete. The axing of “Batgirl,” which will not be released in theaters or on HBO Max, rocked the industry because studios almost never shelve productions outright.The cancellation of “Batgirl” shocked and saddened the film’s directors, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. Tax breaks were a driving factor in the decision to kill the DC spinoff.

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Ivory Aquino Confession

Following the decision, Aquino stated that she had spent nights fighting back tears. But she says it helped when she discussed the situation with a friend, who compared the CEO to “one large cog atop increasingly small cogs underneath.”

“One seemingly small movement by this large cog may appear relatively small, but those little cogs at the bottom can be spinning ten-fold and the effects can be seismic,” she explained.

The Context that Ivory Aquino wrote

Addressing Zaslov directly, she wrote: “I can only endeavor to understand how one feels when tasked with tending to the bottom line like you have. I can’t even begin to imagine what one in your position goes through having such great responsibility to attend to. I do know and ask, with something like ‘Batgirl’ that’s a product of our hearts and souls.

Ivory Aquino
Ivory Aquino (Credit: Getty Images)

That the little cogs not simply be seen as widgets whose fates are determined by an equation to benefit the bottom line. More than widgets, we are fellow human beings and artists who, when given the chance, can outperform the equation and multiply the bottom line exponentially.


The ending of the letter

She concluded the letter by pleading with the studio to not only save the film, which has been making headlines for weeks, but also to make “Batgirl” available to the public.

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