Hollywood and Batgirl directors were ‘shocked’ by the decision to bury the already made movie

The $90 million film, starring Leslie Grace, will not be shown in theaters or via streaming. With the merger in full swing, Warner continues to cut back on its projects.

The decision shocked all of Hollywood. From the special press to the bosses of rival studios. New Warner Bros Discovery CEO David Zaslav chose to shelve the feature Batgirl, which will not be released online, which was its original destination, or even in theaters. Already filmed, in the post-production process, this project developed specifically for the streaming platform of the HBO Max group nevertheless managed to count on a budget of 90 million dollars.

Batgirl suffered from the recent merger between Discovery and Warner and from a sudden change in strategy. The choice to create original films for the platform related to the DC Comics universe, which was born out of the need to skip cinemas amid the Covid-19 pandemic, was not unanimous. Batgirl would be considered too expensive considering the number of new HBO Max subscriptions it could have generated.

Under the aegis of David Zaslav, the conglomerate wants to tighten its belt. Batgirl nor was it considered exceptional enough to warrant a big-screen release and the substantial promotional budget it required. ACCORDING different and The Hollywood Reporter, test screenings would have been disappointing. By putting it back on a shelf, by stopping a theatrical release, online or on DVD, Warner Bros. will benefit from a useful tax advantage and absorb part of its losses.

Directors warn of perfect marriage

Adapted from the adventures of the DC Comics character and daughter of Commissioner Gordon, the film stars Leslie Grace in the title role, alongside Michael Keaton, who once again dons the legendary Batman costume three decades later of his exploits with Tim Burton. . “We are saddened and shocked by the news. We still can’t believe it“said its directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah on Instagram.

As directors, it is important that our work is shown to the public, and even though the film is far from finished, we want fans around the world to see and understand it.added the two Belgians. The duo behind the Disney + superhero series Miss Marvel, were in Morocco in the middle of the wedding festivities when the news reached them. A large part of the post-production work – the stage where, for example, special effects are added – has already been completed.

In their statement, the directors, who signed more Bad Boys For Lifepays great tribute to “amazing actorson the movie poster. “Either way, as huge Batman fans since we were kids, it’s a privilege and an honor to be a part of the DC Cinematic Universe, even for a short time. Batgirl all the time“, they concluded.

In a post on her Instagram account on Wednesday evening, Leslie Grace (Where we come from), took over and declared that “proud of the love, hard work and determination that all our amazing actors and tireless crew put into this film over seven months in Scotland. I feel blessed to have worked among great things and at the same time created lifelong relationships.“, added the actress.

Batgirl is not the only film that David Zaslav has stripped. The CEO applied the same punishment to an animated film inspired by the Scoobydoo universe, SCOOB! Holiday Haunt. He is also almost finished. A few weeks ago, another DC project Amazing Twins was put on hold because it had just entered pre-production and the cast had just been released to the public. Side series, no mercy. David Zaslav unplugs all original Scandinavian, Dutch, Turkish and Eastern European creations from HBO Max on the air. Only France and Spain escaped its cuts.


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