TheWrap has learned that Warner Bros. Discovery will not put “Batgirl” in theatres or HBO MAX. The project that cost $90 million is pretty much over.
“The decision not to release Batgirl shows that our leaders have changed their minds about how to approach the DC universe and HBO Max. Leslie Grace is a very talented actor, and this decision has nothing to do with how well she does her job. We are so thankful to the people who made Batgirl and Scoob! Holiday Haunt and their respective casts, and we hope to work with everyone again shortly,” said a Warner Bros. Picture Spokesperson.
When it was first made, “Batgirl” was meant to be shown on HBO Max. Later, it was thought that it might be displayed in theatres. Because of problems with COVID and shutdowns, the budget went from $70 million to $90 million.
The new owners and management, led by CEO David Zaslav, want to make big movies out of DC titles, but “Batgirl” isn’t one of those movies. Insiders say that the studio’s leaders finally decided that the movie didn’t work, even after reshoots and a bigger budget. Insiders also said that the top people at the studio love the film’s directors and stars and want to work with them soon.
Warner Bros. Discovery is trying to get more people to see DC Films in theatres. “Batgirl” had not been written as a script or made as a movie for theatres.
Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who worked together on “Bad Boys for Life,” made the movie “Batgirl.” In the film, Michael Keaton played the hero with a cape, Bruce Wayne/Batman. El Arbi and Fallah did a great job directing the first two episodes of Marvel Studios’ “Ms. Marvel” last month. And they got a lot of praise for it.
The Hollywood Reporter also says that “Scoob!: Holiday Haunt,” an animated movie with a budget of around $40 million, has been put on hold by Warner Bros.
Batgirl first appeared in the Batman mythology Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner Jim Gordon, was born at 50. Several decades have passed. Since then, she’s risen to the status of one of the world’s most famous female superheroes. In “The Killing Joke,” a classic graphic novel,” when the Joker shot Barbara Gordon and made her paralyzed, other crime fighters, like The Huntress and Orphan, took on the Batgirl name. On the other hand, Barbara became Oracle, a tech-savvy helper to Batman. Later, Barbara returned to being Batgirl, and her attack in “The Killing Joke” was changed.
From November 2021 to March 2022, filming took place in Glasgow, Scotland, and the movie was in post-production then. A studio spokeswoman had nothing to say about it. Grace’s representative didn’t have anything to tell right away.