Batgirl Axed by Warner Bros.

Bat girlA feature film adaptation of the DC Comics character was killed by Warner Bros. Diversity Confirmed. It will not premiere in the studio on any platform, not in theaters or on HBO Max.

Production – acting Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon (aka Batgirl) and directed Bad Boys for Life and Ms. Marvel Filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bella Fallah – in 2021 has been greenlit as Warner Bros.’s company-wide effort to produce feature films specifically for HBO Max. But the new Warner Bros. Discovery’s corporate regime shifted the company’s priorities back to theatrical properties, leaving Batgirl without a proper home.

The studio was also shelved in 2020. the sequel to Scoob!, Scoob!: Holiday Haunt. The animated adaptation of the Scooby-Doo series was filmed in 2021. December. was featured on a sizzling HBO Max tape. Sources indicate that the production Warner Bros. cost 40 million

Studio insiders claim that the decision to drop Batgirl was not driven by the quality of the film or the commitment of the filmmakers, but rather by the studio’s desire to keep DC features popular. Batgirl was slated for a domestic release on HBO Max instead of a global theatrical release. The initial 75 million The production budget for the project, which wrapped principal photography earlier this year and was in post-production, was $90 million. USD, in part due to delays and protocols related to COVID.

The decision is still shocking, as studios almost never abandon a production immediately, instead wanting at least some return on their investment. Warner Bros. is still debating what to do with The Flash , the DC adaptation that’s being developed — and slated — specifically for a 2023 theatrical release. The film has been completely hamstrung by repeated allegations abuse and inappropriate behavior its star Ezra Miller.

And it’s not like Batgirl was a small movie. Along with Grace, JK Simmons plays Barbara’s father, Commissioner Jim Gordon, and Michael Keaton reprises his Batman role (as in The Flash). Brendan Fraser plays the villain in Firefly and Grace told Diversity in April that she had preliminary discussions with El Arbi and Fallah about what the sequel “could be.”

“There are crazy stunts, crazy drops,” Grace said of the film. “She’s a young cyclist, so you’re going to see her do a lot of bad things. . . . There were a lot of long days, but it was worth it.”

The New York Post first reported Warner Bros.’ decision not to release Batgirl.

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