Ivory Aquino played Barbara Gordon’s best friend, Alysia Yeoh, in the film that will apparently never be released.
The new surprise that bat girl wouldn’t get a release is still shocking to those involved, as the film had already been shot and was in full post-production. Had it been released, the film would have featured Aquino ivory as Alysia Yeoh, best friend of Leslie Grace’s Barbara Gordon. This would have marked the first time an openly trans character has appeared in a live-action DC film.
Fans will never get to see what would have been a historic performance from Aquino, as the announced plan for bat girl is for the film to be shelved without a theatrical or streaming release. It’s obviously disappointing for the cast and crew, but in a new Instagram post, Aquino remains grateful for the experience she had working with everyone on the unreleased feature film. Aquino also thanks everyone who offers support during this unfortunate time.
“Thank you for the outpouring of love Batgirl fam our time in Glasgow was filled with laughter, joy, love, passion and dedication from the amazing crew and tight-knit cast. Batgirl was truly a labor of love that we were excited and eager to share with all of you who championed this inspiring character and our family of underrepresented non-traditional peeps having the opportunity to share with the world that EVERYONE AND EVERYONE can be a superhero.!) & directed by Moroccan-Belgian Muslim prodigies (with an assistant director) about a female character (as imagined by a female comic book writer) who forges her own path to improve lives of those around her, including her best trans friend, deserves to be seen and will find a way. There’s no price on that.”
Aquino also shared some images from set, revealing a glimpse of her character as well as photos with her fellow cast and crew. The actress says these images still bring her joy and she hopes fans will still enjoy seeing them as well, perhaps imagining what could have been. You can see his Instagram post below.
Leslie Grace thanked the fans
Leslie Grace, who presumably would have shared a lot of screen time with Ivory Aquino with their characters playing best friends, also opened up about the situation on Instagram. Grace also said how much she appreciated the love and support from the fans and the experience she had working with such a wonderful cast and crew on the ill-fated film.
“Querida familia! On the heels of recent news regarding our film ‘Batgirl’, I’m proud of the love, hard work and intention that all of our amazing actors and tireless crew put into this film for 7 months. in Scotland. I feel blessed to have worked among some great absolutes and forged lifelong relationships in the process! To all Batgirl fans – THANK YOU for the love and belief, which have allowed to take the course and become, as Babs said it best, “my own fucking hero!” ‘#Batgirl for life!’