The Batgirl Film Has Been Canceled Despite Being In Post-Production

The Batgirl Film Has Been Canceled Despite Being In Post-Production ...

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The previously announced Batgirl film stars Leslie Grace, Michael Keaton, and Brendan Fraser. Warner Bros. Discovery has yet to confirm that the film will be released at all, despite it being already in post-production.

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the Ms. Marvel directors, were initially approved in 2021 as part of a larger Warner Bros. initiative to develop films, especially for the streaming channel HBO Max. However, the studio announced on Tuesday that the film would never be released in any capacity, either on HBO Max or in theaters.

It chooses not to make further remarks.

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Keaton was set to reprise his role as Batman in Batgirl along with Grace as the title heroine Barbara Gordon, JK Simmons as Barbara's father, Commissioner Gordon, and Fraser as the villain Firefly.

The New York Post, which first reported the story on Tuesday, cited an anonymous source who claimed that the budget actually exceeded $100 million and that Warner Bros. chose to reduce its losses due to poor performances in early testing.

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The insider told the New York Post that they believe an unspeakable Batgirl will be unredeemable.

This makes the film one of the most expensive film projects that have ever been postponed.

Following Warner Bros. Discovery's merger in May 2021, the studio is focusing on cost-cutting and refocusing its efforts on theatrical films rather than streaming projects, according to sources. Zaslav recently oversaw shutting down its $300 million streaming service CNN+ one month after it was launched.

Adam B Vary and Brent Lang reported in Variety that the studio would be able to write down if they completely cancel Batgirl.

A number of shows have been canceled since the Warner Bros. Discovery merger, including Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, The Last OG, and Chad. A DC Comics film based on The Wonder Twins that was in the works has also been canceled.

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