Batgirls' creative team has had a tense week. Warner Bros. Discovery has withdrawn a strange move by writing the entire film off for taxes, which cost $90 million to produce and was soon finished. Given their work on Bad Boys For Life and Ms. Marvel, it appeared strange for many that a film directed by Adil El Arbi and Billal Fallah would not be able to live up to any standards.
What made the wrong decision was that the crew was not even informed until the story first appeared in the New York Times. Even Walter Hamada, the CEO of DC Films, only learned about the decision as it was already made during a screening of Black Adam without even being consulted. Now, director Adil El Arbi shared an email they received from Marvel Studios director Kevin Feige portraying a huge difference between the way its being handled by executives of different companies.
Adil El Arbi has shared an email that Kevin Feige wrote to him regarding the termination of BATGIRL. pic.twitter.com/0rGSHVDSan
Feige's sending out this email is a testament to a stronger connection with Marvel Studios' talent, but it's also a testament to the possibility for anyone to need help if their passion project is just for money. Warner Bros. Discovery's current moves are certainly more business than artistic, adding pressure to future talent.
James Gunn and Edgar Wright aided the Batgirl directors, who famously lost their own passion projects. There will always be occasions when things just don't go together in the intended direction, but this is a different situation.