The Batgirl movie, which was slated to hit HBO Max this year as a streaming-exclusive image, has been shelved by Warner Bros. Discovery, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The weirdest part of this decision is that Batgirl had already wrapped filming, which means the cast’s work on the film was essentially done. This decision would be due to the fact that the CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery’s David Zaslav wanted to refocus on theatrical releases just a few years after Warner Bros. broke the theatrical mold and began streaming movies on HBO Max and theaters day and night to combat COVID-related theatrical gaps.
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”. VarietyDC’s report, meanwhile, aligns more closely with THR’s, stating that WB wants DC movies to be blockbuster-sized, which means he wants DC movies to be made for a theatrical release rather than for streaming.
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.
It was remarkable when, at San Diego Comic-Con in July, Warner Bros. chose to focus almost exclusively on the upcoming Black Adam movie starring Dwayne Johnson, and Shazam: Fury of the Gods, and didn’t even mention Batgirl despite the movie being due out this year. With a budget rumored to be between $70 million and $100 million, it will be a costly write-off for Warner Bros. Discovery. Fans are already wondering about the future of Warner Bros.’ The flash following the recent arrest and behavior of Ezra Miller, calling into question the current state of DC’s movie slate – and the fate of Michael Keaton’s Batman.
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