It was disappointing to find no mention of Batgirl at Comic-Con 2022, the Warner Bros. film that was shot over the winter and is scheduled for release in 2023. Warner Bros. and DC Films have decided not to release the movie on any platform or in theaters, despite it being in the final stages of post-production.
In addition to cutting costs, Discovery’s David Zaslav and Warner Bros’ new head Michael De Luca plan to focus on movies made for theaters rather than for streaming. According to a source, Warner Bros. thought the film would be irredeemable after poor test audiences’ receptions.
Early in 2020, DC Films president Walter Hamada laid out a strategy. Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe was to be taken on by two of its own: the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and the DC Films multiverse.
The HBO Max channel would release up to four movies every year in theaters, as well as one or two as HBO Max exclusives. After that, however, the COVID-19 pandemic happened, and those plans were thrown out the window. HBO Max’s biggest offering when it launched was the director’s cut of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. This isn’t a huge offering recently.
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