The Batgirl is currently in production in Scotland and is set to follow the classic DC character Barbara Gordon as she takes on the mantle of Batgirl. Alongside Keaton, Leslie Grace has been cast as the titular character, with J.K Simmons reprising his role as Commissioner James Gordon. Brendan Fraser is set to play the villain Firefly, and Jacob Scipio has been cast in a currently unspecified role.
Since I’m old and don’t know who Leslie Grace is, and since I don’t watch enough Saturday Night Live to remember any of their names, I thought Leslie Grace was Leslie Jones. That would have been a rather, um, unusual take on Batgirl, but I would have been up for it!
New WB owners put the brakes on ever releasing this movie.
The leaders of the studio determined ultimately, in spite of reshoots and increased budget, that the movie simply did not work, according to insiders. The new owners and management, led by CEO David Zaslav, are committed to making DC titles big theatrical event films, and “Batgirl” isn’t that. Insiders added that studio brass loves the film’s directors and star, and are actively planning to work with them soon.
Warner Bros. Discovery is working to elevate DC Films to be seen on the big screen. “Batgirl” had not been scripted or produced as a theatrical film.
I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a studio just flushing $90 million before.
According to the rumor mill, HBOMax may be in danger of being put out to pasture by the new owners, which kind of explains why this movie isn’t just being dumped there.
Still kind of weird to not just sell it to some other streaming service if that’s the case.
Edit: And Hollywood Reporter is confirming it.
Insiders say that big budget films made directly for streaming no longer financial make sense under the company’s new strategy. In June, Zaslav tapped MGM’s Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy to run Warners, replacing Toby Emmerich.
Warner Bros Discover leadership had been looking to find $3 billion in cost-savings after the merger of WarnerMedia and Discovery closed in April.
We want DC property movies to be big-budget theater releases only.
We’re either killing HBO Max or folding it into Discovery+, but either way we’re not paying for streaming-only DC movies going forward.
Batgirl, at $90 million is only good enough for streaming, so we’d need to sink another $100 million in reshoots and effects to bring it up to theater tentpole par. And add another $100-150 million for theater marketing.
Batgirl has no home without HBO Max, so it’s gotta go.
The crazy thing is Max is doing quite well, both critically and commercially. HBO and HBO Max have tons of must-watch originals, the most Emmy nominations, and 77 million subscribers at the end of 2021. Meanwhile, the Peacocks of the world are lost in the woods.
I said it in another thread, but this is all David Zaslav. Dude’s going to kill the golden goose.
I don’t know for sure if it was done, just that they finished shooting.
Consider the $90 gone either way. So if there’s any post-production costs to be saved by stopping now, that seems like the question to ask: will a release in any format—HBO Max, straight to “video”—bring in more money than the cost it will take to finish it?
I don’t know how those expenses work, maybe the effects companies and things like that are all paid already out of the $90 they sunk, but I doubt it. Editing, scoring, VFX work, somewhere in there I’m sure there’s money to be saved by stopping now instead of a month from now, or from letting it be finished. And if HBO Max is already a dead platform walking, none of the theoretical release models look promising.