Batgirl movie canceled by Warner Bros.  , with Leslie Grace, Michael Keaton, JK Simmons, Brendan Fraser, will not air on HBO Max

Batgirl movie canceled by Warner Bros. , with Leslie Grace, Michael Keaton, JK Simmons, Brendan Fraser, will not air on HBO Max

New York — In a highly unusual move that has rocked Hollywood, Warner Bros. has halted HBO Max’s planned “Batgirl”, opting to delay the $90 million film as the reorganized studio revamps its approach to live streaming and DC Comics films.

The studio eventually decided that the almost-completed “Batgirl” movie didn’t deserve any live broadcast or theatrical release. Instead, Warner Bros. decided to. The film was written off entirely, starring Leslie Grace, star of “In the Heights” as Batgirl, and co-starring Michael Keaton (returning as Batman), JK Simmons and Brendan Fraser. Directed by Adel Al-Arabi and Bilal Falah. Production concluded in April.

Warner Bros. The decision, which had no apparent parallel in recent Hollywood history, sent shock waves through the industry. When a movie doesn’t meet studio expectations, it’s usually sold or dumped quietly with little fanfare. Batgirl, lit green before WarnerMedia’s merger with Discovery, won’t see the light of day instead.

A spokesperson for Warner Bros. In a statement, “The decision not to release Batgirl reflects the strategic shift of our leadership as it relates to DC and HBO Max universes,” adding that Grace is an “incredibly talented actress and this decision is not a reflection of her performance.”

Members of the audience walk around the group ‘Batgirl’ in Trongate on January 19, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The film’s makers learned of the studio’s decision shortly before the story was released late Tuesday. An early clip of “Batgirl” recently underwent one screening. And while their results weren’t good, bad test results weren’t rare for Warner Bros. releases. DC has no post-production drama. Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” was reshoots and reshoots by Joss Whedon before a fan campaign eventually led to HBO Max releasing a modification made by Snyder. The poorly received 2016 movie “Suicide Squad” was followed by the re-release of James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” titled 2021.

“We are saddened and shocked by the news. We still do not believe it,” Elaraby and Falah said in a statement on Wednesday. “As directors, it is vital that our work is shown to audiences, and while the film is far from finished, we hope that fans around the world will have the opportunity to see the final film and embrace it for themselves. Perhaps one day, God willing.”

The directors signed their statement, “Batgirl for Life” on Instagram.

Late Wednesday, Grace posted on Instagram that she’s proud of the work that went into Batgirl.

FILE – Leslie Grace arrives at the screening of “In the Heights” during the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival on June 4, 2021.

Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File

“I feel fortunate to have worked among the absolute greats and forged lifelong relationships in the process!” Grace Books. “To every Batgirl fan – Thank you for the love and faith, allowing me to put on the abaya and become, as Babs Best said, ‘my damned hero!'”

Under the leadership of David Zaslav, the new CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, Warner Bros. on changing its strategy on movie releases and cutting costs. Under former CEO Jason Keeler and as part of the pandemic response, the studio implemented Today and Date releases in 2021, opening films simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max. Other films, such as Batgirl, were made only for HBO Max.

This year, Warner Bros. is back. to exclusive theater windows for at least 45 days before movies are sent to HBO Max. While Batgirl isn’t quite as pricey as many superhero movies, which typically cost $150-200 million to make, it’s a bigger budget movie for an HBO Max title. Zaslav maintained that larger-budget films are best served with a theatrical release. But marketing a movie like “Batgirl” for this kind of release would require tens of millions more. Warner Bros. is set to announce. Discovery reported second-quarter earnings on Thursday.

Warner Bros. has also suspended. Scoop!: Holiday Hunt, a semi-complete sequel to the movie Scoop! For the year 2020. Producer and writer Tony Cervon confirmed in one of his posts on Instagram that “the film practically finished and turned out beautifully. I got over the sadness.”

The cancellation of “Batgirl” comes as Warner Bros. Revamped its operations at DC Films. While The Batman movie earlier this year performed well with $770.8 million in ticket sales, Warners’ DC releases have been erratic and plagued by controversy. The movie “The Flash,” due to be released next June, stars Ezra Miller, who has been arrested twice this year in Hawaii, in the case of disorderly conduct and suspected assault.

Warner Bros. hopes. In reorganizing and resetting the DC pipeline – to become bigger, not smaller, with its rival Marvel. The more modest “Batgirl”, and broadcasting only did not fit those plans.

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