‘Batgirl’ won’t fly. The feature film adaptation of the DC Comics character has been canceled at Warner Bros, reports Variety. It will not premiere on any studio platform or in theaters or on HBO Max.
The production starring Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon (the Batgirl) and directed by “Bad Boys for Life” and “Ms Marvel” filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah was greenlit in 2021 as part of a company-wide effort at Warner Bros to create feature films specifically for HBO Max. According to Variety, however, Warner Bros. Discovery’s new corporate regime has shifted the company’s priorities back to theatrical features, leaving “Batgirl” without a proper home.
Also on the chopping block is “Scoob!: Holiday Haunt,” a sequel to the 2020 film “Scoob!” was shelved by the studio. Footage from the animated adaptation of the “Scooby-Doo” series premiered in a sizzle reel for HBO Max in December 2021. Sources say the production cost Warner Bros. $40 million.
Studio insiders insist the decision to ax “Batgirl” wasn’t driven by the quality of the film or the commitment of the filmmakers, but by a desire for the studio’s slate of DC features to be at an all-time high. blockbuster scale. “Batgirl” was budgeted to hit homes on HBO Max, not for a major worldwide theatrical release.
Variety further reports that the original $75 million production budget for the project, which wrapped principal photography earlier this year and was in post-production, has reached $90 million, in part due to delays and COVID-related protocols.
The decision still comes as a shock, as studios almost never suspend productions, preferring to at least get some return on investment.