The $90m (£73.7m) film, which featured Michael Keaton as Batman, has been shelved by Warner Bros. Earlier this year, Leslie Grace was cast in the lead role of Barbara Gordon in the DC film.
Director Adil El Arbi and director Bilall Fallah had completed work on Bad Boys for Life, starring JK Simmons as Commissioner Jim Gordon and Brendan Fraser as Firefly.
A Warner Bros Picture spokesperson said, “The decision not to release Batgirl reflects our leadership’s strategic shift as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max.” “Leslie Grace is an incredible actor, and this decision does not reflect her performance.”
As Warner Bros. changes its direction, Batgirl has fallen victim to the change. Originally scheduled for HBO Max release, it was reportedly slated for theatrical release as well.
As a result of a ballooning budget of more than $100 million and negative test screenings, The New York Post reports that the film will not be released anywhere. According to a source, the movie is “irredeemable”.
In a report by The Wrap, Warner Bros Discovery bosses felt that Batgirl wasn’t the theatrical event film they would like it to be due to its streaming origins. Warner Bros is also reportedly seeking to work with the film’s directors and cast on another project.
In this film, Keaton will reprise his role as Bruce Wayne, which he played in Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns. Moreover, he filmed scenes for the upcoming DC film The Flash, whose status has been thrown into doubt following the recent controversy surrounding its lead star Ezra Miller.
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