As the reorganized studio revamps its approach to streaming and DC Comics films, Warner Bros. axes the “Batgirl” film planned for HBO Max, in an unusual move that rattled Hollywood. The studio ultimately decided that “Batgirl” wasn’t ready for either a streaming premiere or a theatrical release.
The movie, starring Leslie Grace as Batgirl and starring Michael Keaton, J.K. Simmons, and Brendan Fraser, will instead be written off by Warner Bros. Designed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the film was directed by El Arbi and Fallah. April marked the end of production.
A decision like Warner Bros.’, without any obvious parallels in recent Hollywood history, sent shockwaves throughout the industry. A movie that does not meet studio expectations is usually sold off or discarded quietly with little fanfare. Instead of being produced, “Batgirl,” greenlit before WarnerMedia’s merger with Discovery Inc., won’t be seen. Warner Bros.
a spokesperson says the decision not to release Batgirl reflects a strategic shift in the DC universe and HBO Max, adding that Grace “is a phenomenal actor, and this decision has nothing to do with her performance.”Before the story broke late Tuesday, the filmmakers were informed of the studio’s decision. An early cut of “Batgirl” had recently undergone one test screening.
However, Warner Bros.’ DC releases are not uncommon to receive poor test results, nor has post-production drama been uncommon. An edited version of Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” was eventually released by HBO Max after a fan campaign led to a re-cut and re-shoot by Joss Whedon.
Despite poor reviews, James Gunn’s similar titled 2021 relaunch “The Suicide Squad” was released in 2021. Our hearts are heavy and we are shocked by the news. According to a statement released by El Arbi and Fallah on Wednesday, “We still can’t believe it.”
It is important for directors that their work is shown to audiences, and while the movie was far from complete, we wish fans throughout the world had the chance to experience it. I hope they will one day insha’Allah” In a recent Instagram post, Grace expressed her pride in the work that went into the film “Batgirl.”.
It has been a blessing to have worked among such greats and forged lifetime relationships along the way! Grace wrote. “I would like to thank every Batgirl fan for showing me love and believing in me. They enabled me to don the cape and become, as Babs put it best, “my damn hero! ”Under new Warner Bros.
Discovery chief executive David Zaslav, Warner Bros. is shifting its strategy on film releases I would like to thank every Batgirl fan for showing me love and believing in me. They enabled me to don the cape and become, as Babs put it best, “my damn hero! ”in 2021, opening films simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max. Other films, like “Batgirl,” were produced solely for HBO Max.
Warner Bros. is again offering exclusive theater windows before sending movies to HBO Max. In comparison to many superhero films, “Batgirl” has a bigger budget for an HBO Max title, typically costing $150-200 million to make. Zaslav has argued that larger budgeted movies are best served by theatrical distribution.
However, marketing a movie like “Batgirl” for such a release would require tens of millions more. Warner Bros. Discovery is set to report its earnings for the second quarter on Thursday. Additionally, Warner Bros.
canceled Scoob! : Holiday Haunt, the almost-completed sequel to “Scoob!” Producer and writer Tony Cervone confirmed wrote in an Instagram post that “the movie is practically finished and turned out beautifully. I am beyond heartbroken.”Despite Warner Bros.’
efforts to revamp the DC Films operation, “Batgirl” was canceled. While Warners’ DC releases have been erratic and plagued by controversy, “The Batman” had a strong performance earlier this year with $770.8 million in ticket sales. A movie titled “The Flash” is scheduled to be released next June, starring Ezra Miller, who was arrested twice in Hawaii this year for disorderly conduct and assault.
As part of its reorganization and resetting of the DC pipeline, Warner Bros. hopes to go bigger, not smaller with Marvel, as part of its rivalry with the studio. It wasn’t in keeping with those plans to have a more modestly scaled, streaming-only series like “Batgirl.”
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