After suffering serious injuries on the production of the cancelled Batgirl film in Glasgow, a film extra is suing Warner Bros.
Cristina Stanovici, 35, was hit by a speeding motorcycle carrying camera equipment while acting as a bystander in late-night sequences for the DCEU film in the city centre.
Stanovici, an engineer, stated that it would have been ‘better if she had died’ after undergoing many procedures for fractured bones and bruises.
In the incident, she suffered a broken leg, shin, hip, pelvis, and thumb, as well as a head cut.
Stanovici, who is 5ft 1in tall, claims the event has ‘traumatised’ her and has left her with a rod in her femur that goes from hip to knee and is constantly in pain – with more surgery on the horizon.
She also said she nearly died on the operating table following her five-hour femur operation, which required five blood transfusions and required her to stay in the hospital for nine days.
‘To hear the anaesthesiologist say “we had our fingers crossed for you” really sends a chill down your spine,’ Stanovici told The Sun.
‘The surgeon told me it was one of the worst cases he has seen in his eight years at the hospital.’
Recalling the accident, Stanovici, who said she applied to be an extra ‘to have a bit of fun’ and see what making a movie involved, described how the production had a motorcycle ‘with cameras on top of it that was filming’.
‘It hit me from the right side and I went flying in the air.
‘I started screaming to get the attention of the paramedics as I remembered seeing an ambulance on site in the previous days.’
The Yoker resident, who is still in pain 17 months later, said she laid on the floor ‘for over an hour’ while being stabilised and assessed before being transported to Glasgow Royal Infirmary.
A report was submitted to the Health and Safety Executive, which oversees workplace safety.
Batgirl, starring In The Heights actress Leslie Grace, Brendan Fraser, JK Simmons, and even another Batman appearance for Michael Keaton, was shot in Scotland between November 2021 and March 2022.
However, in August 2022, when the picture was far into post-production and had an estimated budget of $80 million, it was unexpectedly disclosed that the project was being cancelled as part of a cost-cutting drive for CEO David Zaslav’s new administration.
Batgirl was set to debut on Warner Bros Discovery’s streaming channel HBO Max (now simply ‘Max’).