Warner Bros. decided not to release the film, which was completed months ago.
Warner Bros. In a move that shocked the industry, Pictures canceled all scheduled screenings of “Batgirl,” which cost $90 million to produce. In the past months, it has been heard that the film, originally shot for HBO Max, is planned to be released in theaters, but in the end, the film will neither be released nor will it air on HBO Max.
The character of Batgirl / Barbara Gordon is played by Leslie Grace, and JK Simmons plays Gotham Police Commissioner James Gordon and Brendan Fraser plays the villain of the movie, Firefly. In addition, Michael Keaton would appear before the audience again years later in a Batman costume. Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah undertook the directing of the film, the shooting of which was completed months ago.
According to the NY Post, which first announced the news, test screenings of the film received negative reviews and the studio therefore canceled the film. However, according to the report in Deadline, the screenings did not cause such bad results that the movie was canceled. Initial reports also suggested that the decision was entirely due to the studio’s desire for DC movies to be on a blockbuster scale, with “Batgirl” being budgeted directly as an HBO Max movie. However, VarietyAs confirmed by various sources, the reason for the cancellation of the movie is the tax deduction.
“Batgirl”, Warner BrosThe new CEO of ., David Zaslav, was approved in the previous period and shooting began. Since coming to power, Zaslav has announced that he will prioritize theatrical releases of movies instead of focusing on HBO Max. The additional filming, post-production, and promotional campaign required to prepare “Batgirl” for a theatrical release could have doubled the cost at the company, which is currently on a policy of austerity.
The movie could still be streamed on HBO Max, but sources say Warner Bros, “Batgirl” and “Scoob!” sequel “Scoob! Holiday Haunt” will get a tax deduction by canceling the movies. So they will cover the costs, but they will not be able to release the movies anywhere.
Warner Bros In a statement released on the subject by Discovery, the reason for the cancellation of the movie was explained as a change in strategy regarding the DC universe and HBO Max. The statement further states, “Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actress and this decision is not a reflection of her performance. We are incredibly grateful to the directors and cast of ‘Batgirl’ and ‘Scoob! Holiday Haunt’ and look forward to collaborating with everyone again in the near future.” statements were included.