Variety confirmed that “Batgirl,” the film adaptation of the DC Comics character, was killed by Warner Bros. It will not be shown on any platform at Warner Bros., neither theatrically nor on HBO Max.
Leslie Grace stars as Barbara Gordon (aka Batgirl), and the production was directed by “Bad Boys for Life”, and “Ms In 2021, Marvel filmmakers Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah were granted greenlight as part of a company-wide effort by Warner Bros. To create feature films for HBO Max. The new Warner Bros.
The corporate regime has not been good for the company. Discovery has shifted the company’s priorities to theatrical features, which leaves “Batgirl” without a home.
“Scoob!” is also on the chopping blocks. The studio has cancelled “Scoob!” and “Holiday Haunt,” which is a sequel to 2020’s film “Scoob! In December 2021, HBO Max showed footage from the animated adaptation of “Scooby-Doo”. According to sources, the production cost Warner Bros. $40 Million.
Insiders at the studio insisted that the decision to cancel “Batgirl” was not based on the quality of the film or the commitment of its filmmakers. It was driven by the desire to have a large number of DC features from the studio. “Batgirl,” which was originally budgeted for screening in homes on HBO Max, was not intended to be released in major theatres worldwide. Due to COVID-related delays, the initial budget of $75 million was not met. The project’s $90 million production budget was reached after principal photography was completed earlier in the year.
It is still a surprise that the studios have not decided to cancel productions, preferring at least some return on investment. Warner Bros. still has to decide what to do with “The Flash,” a DC-based adaptation that was created and budgeted specifically for theatrical release in 2023. Ezra Miller has repeatedly made allegations of misconduct and abuse that have hampered the film.
It’s not as if “Batgirl”, was a small film. J.K. Simmons plays Barbara’s father, Commissioner Jim Gordon. Michael Keaton reprises his role of Batman (as he did in “The Flash”) Grace revealed to Variety that Brendan Fraser is the villain of Firefly and she had already spoken with Fallah and El Arbi about a possible sequel.
Grace described the film as “crazy stunts, crazy drops.” Grace said that she was a biker girl and would show you a lot of her badassery. It took a lot of hard work, but it was worth it.
The New York Post reported the Warner Bros. decision not to release “Batgirl” in its first report.