Warner Bros. kills the movie ‘Batgirl’, $90 million in
By Anastasia Tsioulcas | NPR
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
In a move that shocked Hollywood watchers for the amount of money wasted, Warner Bros. Discovery announced on Tuesday that it is shelving all plans to release the near-completed film. bat girlwith actress Leslie Grace.
The film was originally planned with a budget of $75 million which had ballooned to $90 million, due to COVID-related delays. It was directed by the duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, whose credits include the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence 2020 vehicle bad boys for life as well as the recent Disney+ series Ms. Marvel.
In a statement reported by multiple media outlets, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. wrote: “The decision not to publish bat girl reflects the strategic shift in our leadership with respect to the DC Universe and HBO Max. Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actress and this decision does not reflect her performance.”
Warner Bros. did not respond to NPR’s requests for comment.
Tuesday, the specialist magazine Variety reported that the film was planned under the direction of Jason Kilar, CEO of WarnerMedia, and Ann Sarnoff, CEO of Warner Bros., and was originally slated for release on the HBO Max streaming platform. Since then, David Zaslav has become CEO of the new company Warner Bros. Discovery and canceled its streaming-focused business plans. The fate of bat girlaccording Variety, seems to have been linked to these strategic wars.
When the bat girl the news was first reported, however, it was via the New York Postyou – and an anonymous source speaking to the newspaper squarely blamed the poor hearing tests. “They think an unspeakable bat girl going to be irretrievable,” the source told the Job.
At the same time as bat girl met the axe, the studio also announced that the film Scoob! : The holiday haunt was also put on hold. It was a sequel to the 2020 film Scoob!whose Variety wrote in her review: “These are tough times, and parents can be grateful to have a virtual babysitter to entertain their kids for 90 minutes, in which case, Scoob! is surely more effective than sitting them in front of the aquarium.”
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