Warner Bros. Kills Batgirl, $90M USD: NPR


Actress Leslie Grace at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards September. Grace starred in the film Bat girl – which the studio shelved for good.

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Actress Leslie Grace at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards September. Grace starred in the film Bat girl – which the studio shelved for good.

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Warner Bros. Discovery announced Tuesday that it is shelving all plans to release the nearly finished film. Bat girlstarring actress Leslie Grace.

The film was originally slated to have a budget of $75 million, which ballooned to $90 million due to COVID-related delays. It was directed by the duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, whose authors are 2020. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s car. Bad boys for life as well as the latest Disney+ series Ms. Marvel.

In a statement reported by multiple media sources, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. wrote: “The decision not to release Bat girl reflects our management’s strategic shift around the DC universe and HBO Max. Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actor and this decision is not a reflection of her performance.

Warner Bros. did not respond to NPR’s requests for comment.

Senior Entertainment Writer DiversityAdam B. Vary, reported on Bat girl Saga. He notes that the film was meaningful to fans. “Not only was Leslie Grace, a Latina actress, directing the film, but it’s a job that hundreds, if not thousands, of people have spent many, many months of their lives doing,” he says. “This movie also had one of the first trans characters based on a trans character in the comic books played by a trans actor. Michael Keaton came back to play Batman in this movie. So fans really saw him. There was a certain degree of excitement.”

on Tuesday, Diversity reported that the film was planned under the leadership of WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar and Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff and was originally slated for release on the HBO Max streaming platform. Since then, David Zaslav has become the newly formed Warner Bros. Discovery as the company’s CEO and canceled their first broadcast plans. Destiny Bat girlaccording to Diversity, It seems that he was involved in those strategic wars, but that rejection Bat girl would let Warner Bros. Discovery to write off the project from taxes.

Warner Bros. Discovery’s management decided they would essentially write it off Bat girlthat instead of putting it out on HBO Max, they could clean up their book — their debt book — by writing it off,” says Vary.

El Arbi and Fallah, the film’s directors, released a statement on Instagram on Tuesday wrote in part: “We are saddened and shocked by the news. We still can’t believe it. As filmmakers, it’s very important that our work is shown to audiences, and although the film is far from finished, we wish that fans in the world would have had the opportunity to see and embrace the final film for ourselves. Maybe someday they will insha’Allah… Anyway, as huge Batman fans since childhood, it was a privilege and an honor to have been a part of the DCEU [DC Extended Universe], even if it was for a while. Batgirl For Life”.

When Bat girl the news was first reported via New York Post. The RecordEntertainment critic Johnny Oleksinski tells NPR that his source blamed the poor audience response on the rough preview.

“It was poorly tested,” Oleksinski claims. “It was tested in the 30s, and as everyone knows, if you test in the 30s, you’re going to fail math and have to retake the eighth grade.” Bat girl is an ugly film’.

But, Oleksinski adds, there are plenty of sleazy movies that make it to theaters.

“We have to admit that Val Kilmer wearing the batsuit designed by Joel Schumacher made it onto our screens,” he notes. Through Universal, a film Cats hit our screens. They were not left on the shelves and probably very much realized that they would not make money, lose a bunch of money and be embarrassed. So it’s actually just shocking. I don’t think you’d find a precedent for that happening before.”

DiversityAdam B. Vary says fate Bat girl is strikingly different from the upcoming film Flashwhich is planned to be released in 2023. in June Miller (who uses the pronouns they/them) is currently in a lot of legal trouble: They were arrested Charged with assault, disorderly conduct and harassment twice in Hawaii this year. The 18-year-old’s parents in North Dakota also filed legal claims, alleging Miller nurtured and controlled their child for several years.

“So far,” notes Vary, “Ezra Miller hasn’t spoken publicly about any of the allegations, and Warner Brothers hasn’t really made any public statements about it either. But it’s an unprecedented problem – and many DC Comics fans. and superhero fans wonder what Warner Brothers will do here. Then comes this Bat girl solution – Many people wonder if they could do the same Flash“.

At the same time it Bat girl met the axe, Warner Bros. Discovery also announced that the film Scoob!: The Holiday Ghost was also left on the shelves. It was 2020. sequel to the movie Scoob!Of which Diversity wrote in their review: “These are tough times, and parents can be grateful to have a virtual babysitter to distract their kids for 90 minutes. Scoob! certainly more effective than sitting in front of a fish tank.

Meanwhile, in an Instagram story on Wednesday, Leslie Grace published a clip of someone lip syncing. Song: “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift.

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