Warner Bros. Discovery reportedly has no plans to release Batgirl.
According a new report from The Wrap, the new solo film has been “shelved” by Warner Bros and it may never release in theaters or on HBO Max.
The DC film with Leslie Grace in the title role of Barbara Gordon, was initially designed to be an exclusive for HBO Max with a smaller budget, and later was being considered for theatrical distribution. Due to pandemic issues and lockdowns, the budget went up to $90 million.
The report stated that the new team of Warner Bros. thought the movie “did not work” despite “reshoots and increased budget”. As a result the studio ultimately decided to shelve the movie. The new management, led by CEO David Zaslav is heavily focused on big screen films that are seen as “big theatrical event films,” and the studio doesn’t think of Batgirl as that kind of event.
Batgirl was directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, from a script by Christina Hodson, who previously wrote Birds of Prey and the upcoming The Flash. Michael Keaton, who played Batman in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman and 1992 Batman Returns, was also involved with the project along with Brendan Fraser as Batman’s classic villain Firefly, Ivory Aquino as the transgender vigilante Alysia Yeoh and Rebecca Front.
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