Warner Bros. additionally shelved “Scoob!: Vacation Hang-out,” an almost-completed sequel to 2020’s “Scoob!”
NEW YORK — Warner Bros. has axed the $90 million “Batgirl” movie deliberate for HBO Max, in accordance with an individual related with the movie who was not licensed to talk publicly about it.
The choice was extremely uncommon for such a high-priced and high-profile film. However the studio in the end determined “Batgirl” did not benefit both a streaming debut or a theatrical launch, and has as a substitute opted to thoroughly write off the movie starring “Within the Heights” star Leslie Grace as Batgirl and co-starring Michael Keaton (returning as Batman), J.Ok. Simmons and Brendan Fraser. It was directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.
Underneath new Warner Bros. Discovery chief govt David Zaslav, Warner Bros. is shifting its technique on movie releases and trimming prices. Underneath earlier chief govt Jason Kilar and partly as a pandemic response, the studio applied day-and-date releases in 2021, opening movies concurrently in theaters and on HBO Max. Different movies, like “Batgirl,” have been produced solely for HBO Max.
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This yr, Warner Bros. has returned to unique theatrical home windows for no less than 45 days earlier than sending films to HBO Max. Whereas “Batgirl” is not as expensive as many superhero movies, which usually value $150-200 million to make, it is a greater finances film for an HBO Max title. Zaslav has maintained bigger budgeted films are greatest served by a theatrical rollout. But advertising a film like “Batgirl” for that type of launch would require tens of thousands and thousands extra. Warner Bros. Discovery is about to report second-quarter earnings Thursday.
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Representatives for Warner Bros. and Warner Bros. Discovery declined to remark. The “Batgirl” plans had been first reported by the New York Put up.
Warner Bros. additionally shelved “Scoob!: Vacation Hang-out,” an almost-completed sequel to 2020’s “Scoob!” Producer and author Tony Cervone confirmed in an Instagram submit Tuesday that the “Scoob!” movie was canned.
“Sure I’m afraid that is true,” wrote Cervone. “The film is virtually completed and turned out superbly. I’m past heartbroken.”
The “Batgirl” cancellation comes as Warner Bros. is making an attempt to revamp its DC Movies operations. Whereas “The Batman” earlier this yr carried out effectively with $770.8 million in ticket gross sales, Warners’ DC releases have been erratic and tormented by controversy. “The Flash,” scheduled for launch subsequent June, stars Ezra Miller who has been arrested twice this yr in Hawaii, in a disorderly conduct case and on suspicion of assault.
Warner Bros. is hoping to reorganize and reset its DC pipeline — going greater, not smaller with its rival Marvel. In the end, “Batgirl” did not go well with these plans.