Holy millions thrown in the water, Batman!
The DC Comics ‘Batgirl’ movie will be completely “shelved” by Warner Bros., a top Hollywood source has told The Post.
That means it won’t be released in theaters or on the HBO Max streaming service. Fans won’t see it.
The $70 million film (the source said the budget was actually over $100 million), which was doing test screenings for audiences ahead of its late 2022 debut, would rank among cinematic junk. the most expensive of all time.
These tests would have been so poorly received by moviegoers that the studio decided to cut its losses and run, for the sake of the future of the brand. It’s a DC disaster.
“They think an indescribable ‘Batgirl’ will be irretrievable,” the source said.
The Post contacted Warner Bros. for a comment.
It’s been a month-long walk of shame for the film. “Batgirl,” directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (“Bad Boys for Life”), received no mention at DC’s Comic-Con panel in San Diego in July – an unusual move that raised eyebrows. ‘industry. The high-profile event, after all, is designed to increase visibility for upcoming projects like this.
Marvel’s Comic-Con presentation, on the other hand, announced more than a dozen movies in the so-called MCU Phases 5 and 6, to be released through the fall of 2025, with even more likely in the hopper.
“Batgirl,” which stars Leslie Grace (“In the Heights”) in the title role, alongside JK Simmons, Michael Keaton and Brendan Fraser, was originally slated for release on HBO Max. Puck’s Newsletter reported in April that WB President Toby Emmerich was also considering a theatrical release for the film.
But Emmerich quit in June to form his own production company – shortly after Warner Bros. merged. with Discovery and David Zaslav became the CEO of the new entity. He replaced Emmerich with MGM’s Michael De Luca (who was likely to deliver the “Bat” news) and Pam Abdy.
While the film’s co-directors did a few scattered interviews about the cast, the studio has remained mum on “Batgirl” plans ever since.
Setting aside a multi-million dollar effort wouldn’t be unusual for Zaslav, a ruthless cost cutter. Remember, this is the same guy who gave the $300 million CNN+ streaming service the ax just days after its splashy launch because it failed to attract enough subscribers.
The budget-conscious CEO, according to Variety, split WB into several segments, including a revamped “DC-based movie production” group.
With that in mind, WB would be looking for a great leader to lead the DC Extended Universe and bring it into cohesive shape, like Kevin Feige did with the much more successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is owned by Disney. The current president of DC Film Production is Walter Hamada. Warner Bros. Discovery will report its second quarter results and announce its future plans on Thursday.
DC urgently needs all the help it can get.
Unlike the behemoth that is Marvel Studios, whose movies sometimes get bad reviews but reliably print money, DC is a disorganized, confusing, unprofitable mess. “Aquaman” and “Wonder Woman 1984” received mixed reviews from critics; “Birds of Prey” and “The Suicide Squad” were admired flops.
“The Batman” performed well at the Warner Bros. box office, grossing $770 million with an R rating, and earned strong ratings. However, the only DC Extended Universe movie that managed to beat the billion-dollar box office of “The Dark Knight,” released 14 long years ago (“Joker” starring Joaquin Phoenix didn’t part of the DCEU), was “Aquaman. Meanwhile, Marvel’s pandemic era “Spider-Man: No Way Home” grossed $1.9 billion worldwide and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” managed a solid $955 million.
Lately, DC’s star drama villain has overshadowed the buzz – such as it is – surrounding its films.
Ezra Miller, who plays the Flash, has caused a series of embarrassing controversies this year. In the spring, the actor was arrested twice in Hawaii, first for misconduct and harassment, then for second-degree assault. Then in June, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court issued a protective order against the 29-year-old for allegedly using “violence, intimidation, threat of violence, fear, paranoia, delusions and drugs” to groom an 18-year-old. whom the actor has known since the age of 12. (Miller has not publicly commented on the latest allegation; a police investigation into the incidents in Hawaii is reportedly ongoing.)
Ben Affleck, meanwhile, constantly claims he’s done with the Caped Crusader — even going so far as to allow Robert Pattinson to reprise the role in this year’s ‘The Batman’ — but keeps coming back as a bad ex. -boyfriend. It was reported this week by Screen Rant that the actor will appear again as Bruce Wayne in “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.” Embarrassing.
And it’s rumored that Gal Gadot will star in ‘Wonder Woman 3,’ but actress and director Patty Jenkins hasn’t said anything — including a title or release date — beyond that they’re tossing around ideas. script. DC, which squanders legendary properties with abandon, seems to have no grand plan.
Soon, however, Wonder Woman will no longer be the one holding the golden lasso. Instead, power will be wielded by an all-controlling DC movie production boss who tries to turn the tide. Before they arrive, killing “Batgirl” is step 1.
“It’s the end of DC as a hobby,” the source said.