A lawsuit is being brought against Warner Bros. by an extra who was injured on the set of Batgirl. According to Deadline, Cristina Stanovici was hit by a motorcycle during filming of the ill-fated comic book movie in Glasgow, Scotland. She has detailed her extensive injuries in the lawsuit and media interviews.
In an interview with The Sun newspaper, the former Batgirl extra described the multiple surgeries she has endured since the accident, saying she feels it would have been “easier if she had died.” Her injuries include a gash on her head and multiple broken bones, with fractures in her pelvis, thumb, shin, hip, and thigh. The scene during which the accident occurred was part of several filmed late at night in the city center.
A lawsuit is being brought against Warner Bros. by an extra who was injured on the set of Batgirl.
During one of Batgirl’s action scenes, the motorcycle carrying one of the cameras drove into Stanovici while she was on the job as a bystander in the scene. She says she flew into the air after being hit from her right side and began screaming to get the attention of paramedics, whom she had noticed on-site in the days prior to the incident. Medics took nearly an hour to examine and stabilize her as she lay on the ground.
She was moved from the Batgirl set to intensive care, where she stayed for three days, receiving a rod in her leg to correct the break in her thigh. Some 17 months later, Stanovici remains in pain from the horrible accident. The Health and Safety Executive, which is responsible for workplace well-being in Scotland, received a report on the incident. The collision occurred around February 2022, toward the end of a shooting schedule that stretched from November 2021 to March 2022.
During one of Batgirl’s action scenes, the motorcycle carrying one of the cameras drove into Stanovici while she was on the job as a bystander in the scene.
Stanovici has retained a law firm to sue Warner Bros. for the injuries she sustained as an extra on Batgirl. The film, which was made for $90 million, was famously canceled at Warner Bros. after the arrival of Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, who reportedly canned the film after poor test screenings. At the time, however, Warner Bros. also claimed the film’s cancellation had something to do with a shift in focus from theatrical films to HBO Max (now Max).
Sadly, Batgirl may never see the light of day following its cancellation to save money for Warner Bros. Discovery.
Whatever the case, Batgirl had been eagerly anticipated by fans, who were looking forward to the return of Michael Keaton as Batman in the film. According to insiders, it is very likely the film was erased from Warner Bros. hard drives and no longer exists, making Cristina Stanovici’s injuries all the more needless. Reports from The Guardian have claimed that the film was quietly and privately screened by Warner Bros. last year, though it is not clear whether these screenings took place before or after the film was scrapped and supposedly destroyed.
Whether Batgirl ever sees the light of day or not, the injuries Stanovici sustained on set are awful and long-lasting. There are no details yet on legal proceedings in the matter beyond legal counsel having been obtained and directed to sue Warner Bros. There has been no statement so far from the studio or its legal team on the matter.