Leslie Grace sounded set to make her debut in the long-awaited Batgirl solo film despite a changing release schedule. However, this release has also encountered its fair share of flaws.
Batgirl was originally intended to be released exclusively on HBO Max, but the film's production for the bat-centric solo film was later moved to a big-screen release, just after Warner Bros.' public merger with Discovery ended. Then, in the midst of the Warner Bros.' public merger with Discovery, the new film had its release postponed until after Black Adam and Shazam!
Fans are certainly eager to learn more about this new take on the Caped Crusader due to the constant pushing for Batgirl to remain out of the public eye longer than expected. However, a recent stream of news releases adds to the confusion surrounding Barbara Gordon and her crew in the DCEU.
Batgirl is said to have been removed from the schedule.
Despite the $70 million price tag, Warner Bros. has removed the upcoming Batgirl film from its release schedule, according to the New York Post.
Warner Bros. has "shelved" the new solo film, thus it may never be released in theaters or on HBO Max, according to a top Hollywood source.
According to reports, Warner Bros. decided to halt the film due to excessive reactions to the Batman spin-off.
The Wrap supplemented the original story with its owninformation, indicating that Warner Bros. is heavily focused on big screen blockbusters that are seen as "big theatrical event films," and the studio does not see Batgirl as that sort of representation. The outlet said this because Batgirl was not written or produced as a film that would be released internationally.
Though the film received a budget boost and reshoots, Warner Bros. reportedly didn't believe these initiatives helped to improve the film. According to the report, the studio intends to continue working with Leslie Grace, as well as directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.
Deadline confirmed the reports, stating that the film would not be released on any platform, despite Warner Bros.'s "in the final stages of post-production" for Batgirl right now.
Variety noted that the film was not canceled because of its quality or the filmmakers' dedication, but because of the studio's drive to have every DC film on a "blockbuster scale." From now on, there will be no live-action films from the DC Universe that will be released on HBO Max.
What Is Warner Bros.'DC Film Strategy?
To put it bluntly, this decision is a difficult setback for DC fans who had been waiting for Batgirl's live-action debut for the previous two years.
With the addition of Michael Keaton's Batman alongside a thrilling newcomer in Leslie Grace, the directors of the film discussed how their film would tie together so much of DC's extensive film history with this unique adventure.
Although this decision will likely be viewed as a negative by many, it does indicate where Warner Bros. intends to take its future DC films.
These films will most likely be of the same scale as previous ones like Black Adam, particularly continuing into next year with both Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and The Flash. Even though the studio initially hoped to experiment with a unique approach with streaming movies, new Warner Bros. CEO David Zaslav is keen on making sure the studio can maintain its financial standing with major competitors like Marvel Studios.
As the matter of the merger with Discovery settles further, whether or not Batgirl will be released to the general public remains a mystery. The direction of Warner Bros.' shared DC universe as a whole is also a mystery.