Images taken during the production of the Warner Bros. movie in February in Glasgow, Scotland, feature its star, Leslie Grace, as well as Oscar winner J.K. Simmons and “The Mummy” actor Brendan Fraser, plus their stunt doubles.
Michael Keaton, who was set to reprise his 1992 role as Batman, wasn’t pictured on set, but a stunt double in his classic 1990s Batsuit was. However, the paparazzi caught Keaton arriving in Glasgow during filming.
Simmons also stuns in stills as Gotham City Police Commissioner Jim Gordon. Dressed in a beige trenchcoat and striped tie, the actor points a gun at an unlucky stand-in for Keaton in the middle of the road.
And then there’s Batgirl herself, “In the Heights” alum Grace. In a blue leather Batsuit accented with a gold Batgirl symbol and shoes, her body double’s ginger hair pops as she skirts around town on a motorcycle. In another shot, the stuntwoman clutches crew members as she climbs the stairs of a building.Michael Keaton’s Batman body double shares a scene with J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Jim Gordon during the filming of “Batgirl” in Glasgow. Alan FettesJ.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon in “Batgirl.”McGOWAN / BACKGRIDThe stunt double for Firefly — portrayed by actor Brendan Fraser — was seen on the “Batgirl” set during a late-night shoot involving a car chase.UnBoxPHD / SplashNews.comBrendan Fraser was set to play Firefly in “Batgirl.”UnBoxPHD / SplashNews.com
Meanwhile, Fraser’s double was pictured in his villainous Firefly costume, donning a black gas mask with an ominous tank — fuel for the villain’s flamethrowers — strapped to his back.
Fraser himself was spotted walking out of a burning pharmacy clutching a bottle of pills.
The 53-year-old actor’s “Batgirl” role is part of his return to acting, as he stepped away from the business in recent years due to depression.
In 2018, he candidly shared that a former Hollywood Foreign Press Association president allegedly groped him in 2003.Brendan Fraser is seen filming on the streets of Glasgow City Centre, which is doubling as Gotham City Hall. He is walking out of a burning pharmacy, clutching a bottle of pills.Wattie Cheung/ShutterstockBrendan Fraser landed a key role in “Batgirl.” Wattie Cheung/ShutterstockThe 53-year-old Fraser walks through a smoke-filled scene.Wattie Cheung/ShutterstockMichael Keaton’s Batman body double shares a scene with J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon during the filming of “Batgirl.”Alan Fettes
Other on-set photos include a yellow Gotham taxi cab, as well as fiery explosions — on top of both a fire truck and a burning building.
Before “Batgirl” was scrapped altogether, it was supposed to head straight to HBO Max. The Puck newsletter reported in April that WB’s then-chair Toby Emmerich was considering a theatrical run for the film too.
But Emmerich stepped down in June to form his own production company — not long after Warner Bros. merged with Discovery and David Zaslav became the CEO of the new entity. He replaced Emmerich with MGM’s Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy.Keaton’s stunt double was spotted by paparazzi in Glasgow. Alan FettesLeslie Grace’s stuntwoman dons the Batgirl costume while filming action scenes.Ewan Bootman/ShutterstockLeslie Grace’s stunt double was spotted on Batgirl’s motorcycle during a chase scene.UnBoxPHD / SplashNews.comThe filming of “Batgirl” took place in Glasgow, Scotland. Euan Cherry / SplashNews.com“Batgirl” films in Glasgow, Scotland.Euan Cherry / SplashNews.comA Gotham taxi cab was also pictured on set.Mirrorpix / MEGAA “Batgirl” crew member washes off a prop taxi. Mirrorpix / MEGAA poster on the set of “Batgirl.”Mirrorpix / MEGA
Fans figured something was amiss with the movie when it wasn’t mentioned at all at DC’s San Diego Comic-Con panel last month. The much publicized event, after all, is designed to boost exposure for forthcoming projects just like this one.
When the project was officially deemed over with, a top Hollywood source told The Post that the reportedly $70 million movie — which insiders suggested actually topped $100 million — was not screen-testing very well with audiences.
DC decided to cut its losses for the sake of the brand’s future, the source said.A fire truck catches fire on the set of “Batgirl.”UnBoxPHD / SplashNews.comFlames explode from a building on the set of “Batgirl.”SplashNews.comFirefighters work on top of a truck on set.Ewan Bootman/Shutterstock“Batgirl” star Leslie Grace runs from a building set on fire by Brendan Fraser’s character, Firefly. UnBoxPHD/HughJames / BACKGRIDLeslie Grace and Ethan Kai, who play an on-screen couple, were seen smiling and laughing in between takes.SplashNews.comRebecca Front (right) and Leslie Grace are in sunny Glasgow at the City Chambers municipal building. SplashNews.comExtras don Gotham City Police Department uniforms.Mirrorpix / MEGALeslie Grace and Ethan Kai share a kiss on set.Mirrorpix / MEGASimmons is seen during the aftermath of an explosion scene outside of the Gordon family home. UnBoxPHD / SplashNews.comExtras were plentiful for this night shoot.UnBoxPHD / SplashNews.com
More candid shots show the actors in street clothes, shooting less intense scenes for the movie. In one, an extra wearing a City of Gotham Police Department uniform flashed a peace sign at nearby paparazzi.
The epic film would’ve been Keaton’s first return to the Batman character in over 30 years, and this could be Keaton’s second strike with DC Comics’ films. He is also supposed to star as Batman alongside troubled actor Ezra Miller — who uses they/them pronouns — in “The Flash,” a movie that has been shelved until June 2023 due to their bizarre behavior and allegations of grooming allegations against them.
“The Flash” would include not only Keaton but also Ben Affleck as his “Justice League” version of the superhero.