Warner Bros. is taking a new direction in its content. The new movie “Batgirl”, didn’t meet their new and improved image so they are canceling it.
The interesting thing is that this movie wasn’t in its early stages of production. It wasn’t even mid-production. This was a finished film that cost the studio $70 million to make. Moreover, they aren’t just not releasing it in theaters. They’re also refusing to release it on HBO Max as well according to Deadline:
Even though Batgirl is in the final stages of post-production, Deadline has confirmed that Warner Bros. and DC Films will not be releasing the movie on any platform, including theatrically.
Deadline confirmed that Warner Bros. Batgirl has been canceled by DC Films and Films, despite it still being in post-production.
This is in line with the WB’s new mandate to reduce the number of feature films shown on the streamer. Sources close to the project claim that Batgirl was not included in the streamer which decides which films will be released theatrically.
New York Post tests showed that the movie was not well liked by its audience. According to the New York Post, one description of the movie is “unspeakable”.
The reportedly $70 million movie (the source said the budget was actually more than $100 million), which was doing test screenings for audiences in anticipation of a late 2022 debut, would rank among the most expensive cinematic castoffs ever.
These tests were so poorly received by moviegoers that the studio decided to continue with its operations.
According to the source, they believed that an unimaginable “Batgirl”, was going to be irredeemable.
It was terrible. We don’t know why, but we can speculate on the clues. CNN stated that it will move away from hard-left comments to a steady stream of middle-of-the-road news and will start to remove hard-left comments.
The emphasis seems to be on theatrical releases and Batgirl does not fit that mold. Brendan Frasier, Michael Keaton, and Michael Keaton will reprise their roles as Batman.
It is likely that the movie made the same mistakes as many other movies, especially Marvel. The result is that audiences view their superhero universe as a “take it or leave it” franchise.
Warner Bros’ new heads will see Disney die and discover the reasons.
WB must have been afraid if they pulled $70 million of cash that was almost ready for them. A movie that could damage the brand is what I am referring to. Brands are damaged by the simple act of waking up.
It is possible that a script leaked will give us more information in the future. If not, WB simply tossed the nonsense in the trash to stop people from walking away from future releases where they might expect to get more.