Warner Bros. Backs Batgirl, Won’t Make $90M HBO Max Movie

Warner Bros. has scrapped the $90 million film Batgirl planned for HBO Max. In The Heights, star Leslie Grace plays the title role of Batgirl.Richard Shotwell/The Associated Press

Warner Bros. dropped the $90 million bat girl Film planned for HBO Max, according to a person associated with the film who was not authorized to speak publicly about it.

The decision was highly unusual for such a high-priced and almost-completed film. But ultimately the studio decided bat girl didn’t deserve a streaming debut or a theatrical release, opting instead to write off the film entirely, starring “In the Heights” star Leslie Grace as Batgirl and co-stars Michael Keaton (who returns as Batman), JK Simmons and Brendan Fraser. Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. Production completed in April.

Warner Brothers’ The decision, one with no apparent parallel in Hollywood history, sent shockwaves through the industry. When a big-budget film doesn’t live up to a studio’s expectations, it usually sells out or is quietly dumped with little fanfare. bat girlgreen light ahead of WarnerMedia’s merger with Discovery Inc., instead just won’t see the light of day after allegedly poor test screenings.

“We are saddened and shocked by the news. We still can’t believe it,” El Arbi and Fallah said in a statement Wednesday. “As directors, it is critical that our work is shown to audiences, and while the film was far from complete, we wish fans around the world had had the opportunity to see and enjoy the finished film for themselves. Maybe one day they will insha’Allah (if God wills).”

The directors signed their “Batgirl For Life” statement posted on Instagram.

Under new Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, Warner Bros. is changing its strategy on film releases and cost-cutting. Under former executive Jason Kilar, and in part in response to the pandemic, the studio rolled out day-and-date releases in 2021, launching films simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max. Other films, e.g bat girlwere produced exclusively for HBO Max.

This year, Warner Bros. has returned to exclusive theater windows for at least 45 days before films are sent to HBO Max. While bat girl isn’t as expensive as many superhero films, which typically cost $150 million to $200 million to make, but it’s a bigger budget film for an HBO Max title. Zaslav has maintained that larger budget films are best served by theatrical release. But marketing like a movie bat girl this type of release would require tens of millions more. Warner Bros. Discovery will report second-quarter results on Thursday.

Warner Bros. and Warner Bros. Discovery representatives declined to comment. That bat girl Plans were first reported by the New York Post.

Warner Bros. was also shelved Scoob!: Vacation Homean almost complete sequel to 2020′s Schoob! Producer and writer Tony Cervone confirmed in an Instagram post on Tuesday that the Schoob! film was canned.

“Yes, I’m afraid that’s true,” Cervone wrote. “The film is practically finished and it turned out beautifully. I am beyond heartbroken.”

That bat girl The cancellation comes as Warner Bros. seeks to overhaul its DC Films operations. While The Batman Doing well earlier this year with $770.8 million in ticket sales, Warners’ DC releases were unpredictable and riddled with controversy. The Flash, due for release next June, stars Ezra Miller, who has been arrested twice this year in Hawaii on two counts of disorderly conduct and on suspicion of assault.

Warner Bros. is hoping to reorganize and reset its DC pipeline – going bigger, not smaller, with its rival Marvel. Eventually, bat girl did not fit with these plans.

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