‘Batgirl’ Composer: Cancellation A ‘Massive Shame’ For DC Superhero

Composer Natalie Holt had been working on the original score for over a year, culminating in hours of original scores for the scrapped DC film.

For Batgirl composer Natalie Holt, Warner Bros. Discovery’s decision to indefinitely shelve the film was a huge “disappointment” for the DC family.

Emmy nominee Holt revealed to Discussing Film that she spent over a year creating the original score for the DC film starring Leslie Grace, Brendan Fraser, JK Simmons and Michael Keaton, which is slated for an upcoming HBO Max release was. On Aug. 2, Warner Bros. Discovery confirmed the $90 million superhero film had been given the ax for tax reasons.

“I had written music for about an hour and a half,” Holt explained. “I’ve been working on it for a year. So yeah, pretty sad what happened to that.”

Holt previously directed the Disney+ series Loki, for which she is an Emmy nominee. “MS. Marvel” directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who directed “Batgirl,” met Holt after their Marvel work.

“It’s a shame that [‘Batgirl’] won’t be out there in the world after all this time like you’ve been working on it for a year. Yeah, pretty disappointing,” added Holt. “I find that very unfortunate. It was a pleasure working with those involved, but that’s all I can say.”

Arbi and Fallah issued a statement on social media following the news from Warner Bros. Discovery.

“We are saddened and shocked by the news. We still can’t believe it,” the directors wrote. “As directors, it is critical that our work is shown to audiences, and while the film was far from complete, we wish fans around the world had had the opportunity to see and enjoy the finished film for themselves. Maybe one day they will insha’Allah.”

Fellow filmmakers Edgar Wright, Kevin Smith and James Gunn shared messages of support while responding to the cancellation of Batgirl.

And “Obi-Wan Kenobi” composer Holt wasn’t the only musician whose work was completely wasted by Warner Bros. Discovery. On the heels of Batgirl comes Scoob! The sequel Scoob!: Holiday Haunt was also cancelled.

Producer Tony Cervone, who directed the first Scoob!, announced that the film would still be voiced despite the cancellation.

“So what do you do if the movie gets canceled but you’ve already paid for the stage and musicians?” Cervone captioned on Instagram. “You’re recording the damn score!”

Cervone added that he was “beyond heartbroken” at the cancellation. The Scooby Doo animated film Holiday Haunt was directed by Bill Haller and Michael Kurinsky, with Dara Taylor credited as the composer.

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