August 11, 2022

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Warner Bros. Axes "Batgirl" Movie With No Plans For Theatrical or Streaming Releases

Sorry, “Batgirl” followers, the beforehand introduced movie adaptation from Warner Bros. has formally been axed, a number of studies verify. The $90 million, nearly-finished manufacturing, impressed by the DC comics character of the identical title, is not going to premiere theatrically or on any of the Warner Bros. platforms — together with HBO Max, which was anticipated to debut the film completely.

On Aug. 2, The Hollywood Reporter famous that the shocking “Batgirl” improvement comes after a change in management at Warner Bros. Discovery, as CEO David Zaslav has pivoted to prioritizing theatrical options over straight to streaming releases for cost-cutting measures. The outlet additionally reported that insiders say the big-budget HBO Max movies made for streaming “now not make sense” underneath the corporate’s new regime.

“Batgirl” received the inexperienced gentle from Warner Bros. in 2021 as a part of a company-wide effort to provide movies strictly for HBO Max, Selection reported. It was first introduced again in 2017, however the movie later introduced on a brand-new manufacturing staff, Deadline beforehand reported — which included “Unhealthy Boys For Life” administrators Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah and Christina Hodson as its screenwriter. “Within the Heights” actor Leslie Grace was set to painting the movie’s titular character, as she beat out contenders like Isabella Merced, Zoey Deutch, and Haley Lu Richardson for the main position.

The superhero film was set to revolve round Barbara Gordon as Batgirl and dive into her journey of self-discovery. In the course of the “Batgirl” panel at DC’s 2021 FanDome, IGN reported that Hodson mentioned: “What’s type of humorous about Barbara [Gordon] and Batgirl is that on this story, she’s discovering Batgirl for the primary time. So she’s attending to discover a duality she’s at all times had in her persona, nevertheless it’s this entire new aspect of her persona, a aspect that is extra daring and barely much less regular aspect of her that we simply get to have enjoyable and play with.”

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If “Batgirl” would’ve seen the sunshine of day, DC followers would’ve gotten a more in-depth take a look at Grace in her Batgirl gear past the first-look picture she shared on social media on Jan. 14. “‘I take advantage of their expectations towards them. That might be their weak spot. Not mine. Let all of them underestimate me…'” she captioned the picture. “‘And when their guard is down, and their satisfaction is rising, let me kick their butts.’ – Batgirl, 12 months One 🦇 #Batgirl”

Picture Supply: Getty / John Lamparski