The hits just keep on coming for DC Entertainment and Warner Bros., and not in a good way! With the future slate of DC Comics-themed movies already in turmoil due to problematic actors in both Aquaman 2 and The Flash, the two movies that the studio was, literally, banking on to compete with Marvel Studios and buoy their flagging DC Extended Universe of films, it looks like new head honcho of Warner Bros. Discovery, CEO David Zaslav, has had enough.
In a shocking announcement first reported in the New York Post, and later corroborated by several insider sources, Warner Bros. has “shelved” the planned Batgirl film starring Leslie Grace (In the Heights) as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, despite the movie already having completed shooting. Intended to be the first ever live-action Batgirl movie — and the first time a Latina would play the iconic superheroine — the production has already cost Warner Bros. between $70 and $100 million, but the studio is not even considering “dumping” it on its HBO Max streaming service.
The quality of the movie was the reason for the decision, according to one insider who called it “unspeakable” and “irredeemable,” but a spokesperson for Warner Bros. offered up a more business-minded explanation:
The decision to not release Batgirl reflects our leadership’s strategic shift as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max. Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actor and this decision is not a reflection of her performance. We are incredibly grateful to the filmmakers of Batgirl… and we hope to collaborate with everyone again in the near future.
Warner Bros. also scrapped the planned animated feature Scoob! Holiday Haunt, which apparently cost the studio $40 million to produce.
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