Schoolgirl given role in Batgirl 'heartbroken' after movie shelved

Isla Neil, eight, was given a minor role in the DC film, but a petition has now been launched for its release after the production was shelved.

Glasgow schoolgirl given role in Batgirl ‘heartbroken’ as petition launched for Warner Brothers to release shelved film Supplied

A little girl who won a minor role in Batgirl after turning up on set in full costume has been left “heartbroken” after the film was shelved.

Isla Neil, eight, first hit the headlines after dressing up as the DC comics superhero to visit filming in Glasgow.

Images of the schoolgirl hoping catch a glimpse of her hero went viral and attracted attention from both star Leslie Grace and director Adil El Arbi.

Her father, Alastair, has now revealed that the Glasgow schoolgirl was offered a minor role in the movie which saw her play a little girl living in the tunnels of Gotham who is inspired by the titular star.

The proud dad told STV News that he was “almost in tears” watching his little girl perform, clad in a purple super-suit and yellow duck rainboots.

Little Isla picked out yellow duck rainboots to go with her costume for the role. Supplied

A petition has now been launched for studio bosses at Warner Brothers to release the film in the hopes that Isla can have her moment on the big screen.

“She’s heartbroken, you know – she was so excited, she was just dying for every one to see her on screen,” Alastair said.

“At first she was just looking forward to maybe meet Leslie, but when she got in front of the camera – I was stunned.

“I even heard one of the assistant directors saying to her co-worker that ‘she’s a natural…this girl’s going places’.”

She first caught the eye of directors after being photographed around the set. STV News

The DC film, which was set to star Grace, Michael Keaton, Brendan Fraser and JK Simmons, reportedly cost an estimated £57.6m.

Following poorly received test screenings, Warner Bros decided to cancel the release of the production.

Alastair said it was “absolutely gutting” to have to tell Isla the production had been shelved.

She met actress Leslie Grace, who 'treated her like a star'. Supplied

“She was so disappointed. All she wanted was for her school friends to see the movie, they were all so excited.

“I know the petition won’t do much to change their decision, but I just wanted to do something…something to show that people care about this.

“I am trying to get the movie or footage released in some way…Glasgow and its people deserve to see it.”

The petition for the film to be released can be signed here.

STV News is now on WhatsApp

Get all the latest news from around the country

Follow STV News
Follow STV News on WhatsApp

Scan the QR code on your mobile device for all the latest news from around the country

WhatsApp channel QR Code