The film has been binned despite being nearly finished.
Warner Bros. Discovery has been developing a new Batgirl movie for a streaming release on HBO Max. According to a report from Variety, approximately $90 million has been invested into its creation (escalated from a $75 million budget due to COVID complications), and the film was already at the post-production stage. This is why it’s so surprising that Warner Bros. has suddenly decided to cancel the film.
Warner Bros. announced today that the film has been shelved indefinitely, and will not see a release either in theaters or on HBO Max. “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 Scoob! Holiday Haunt and their respective casts and we hope to collaborate with everyone again in the near future,” a Warner Bros. Picture Spokesperson told The Wrap.
Warner Bros Discovery decided to cancel the release of ‘BATGIRL’ as they are “committed to making DC titles big theatrical event films, and ‘BATGIRL’ isn’t that.”
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) August 2, 2022
As the spokesperson mentions, in addition to Batgirl’s cancellation, Warner has also decided to ax Scoob! Holiday Haunt, a sequel to the 2020 animated film Scoob!. Much like Batgirl, production was fairly far along on this film, with an existing investment of roughly $40 million.
“Yes I am afraid this is true. The movie is practically finished and turned out beautifully. I am beyond heartbroken.” Scoob! writer and producer Tony Cervone said on Instagram.