Hours after Warner Brothers Discovery’s surprising development eliminated Batgirl this week when the film was already in full post-production, the studio released a statement saying the decision was strictly business-related.
“The decision not to release Batgirl reflects the strategic shift in our leadership as it relates to the DC Universe and HBO Max,” the statement read (via The Hollywood Reporter). “Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actress and this decision does not reflect her performance. We are extremely grateful to the filmmakers…and hope to collaborate with everyone again in the near future.”
Scoob! Holiday Haunt was also shelved alongside Batgirl, and the studio expressed interest in collaborating with talent from both projects on other future projects. Variety reports that WB wants DC movies to be blockbuster-sized, meaning it wants DC movies made for theatrical release rather than streaming. However, Batgirl was budgeted at around $80 million, though due to COVID-19 protocols that figure hovered closer to $90 million — a big number, though still significantly lower than DC’s theatrical releases.
According to New York PostBatgirl performed so poorly in early test screenings that it led the company to cut its losses, with one source calling the film “unsalvageable”.
Batgirl was set to star Leslie Grace (In the Heights) as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, alongside two Batman cast members; Michael Keaton was set to reprise his role as Batman (a role he is also set to reprise in The Flash), while JK Simmons would return as Commissioner Gordon, who he first played in Justice League and Zack Snyder’s Justice released. on HBO Max. League. Brendan Fraser, who also stars in HBO Max’s Doom Patrol as Cliff Steele/Robotman, was set to play the film’s main villain Firefly. Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who also directed Marvel Studios’ Bad Boys For Life and Ms. Marvel, directed the film.
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