Mexico City.- Just when everything was looking good for the future of DC movies, Warner Bros. surprised all its fans on Tuesday by announcing that Batgirl will not be released in theaters or streaming.
The film, which had a budget of 70 million dollars and was scheduled to be released later this year, will be canned by order of studio executives.
The news, reported by the New York Post, comes amid massive layoffs around the world being carried out by Warner Bros. Discovery to control its costs and production budgets.
Reports say that the studio began doing test screenings of Batgirl and these were so poorly received that they decided to abandon the project, which was in the final stages of post-production.
Batgirl, originally planned to debut as an original movie on the HBO Max platform, stars the star of the musical In the Neighborhood, Leslie Grace, as Barbara Gordon / Batgirl. She is joined by JK Simmons, Brendan Fraser and Michael Keaton, who played Batman in Tim Burton’s 1989 and 1992 films.
Toby Emmerich, the former chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, said he had so much faith in the film that he even considered releasing it in theaters and not just streaming. After his departure, things changed radically.
And it is that according to The Wrap, industry experts assure that the new entrepreneurs of Warner Bros. Discovery intend to make DC movies big theatrical events, with big budgets and visual effects, and apparently Batgirl did not meet that those expectations.