Warner Bros. has confirmed that the upcoming Batgirl movie has been officially scrapped and will not be released anywhere!
Some shocking news is emerging from Warner Bros. Discovery. The studio has officially confirmed that the upcoming Batgirl movie starring Lelie Grace has been shelved definitely. The news first emerged via the New York Post but swiftly spread like wildfire with several reasons being rumored for the sudden change in plans.
Initial reports suggested that poor test screenings were to blame, with some citing the movie as “irredeemable.” But that report was swiftly shut down after reports confirmed that the first test screenings actually went pretty well. It wasn’t until other major outlets began to run an accurate account of events did Warner Bros. Discovery come forward to clarify its position. And despite many naysayers suggesting otherwise, it had nothing to do with the quality of the film. Instead, the decision to not release Batgirl whittles down to the management shake-up and change of direction since the merger.
“The decision to not release Batgirl reflects our leadership’s strategic shift as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max,” said a Warner Bros. spokesperson in a statement. “Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actor and this decision is not a reflection of her performance. We are incredibly grateful to the filmmakers of Batgirl and Scoob! Holiday Haunt and their respective casts and we hope to collaborate with everyone again in the near future.”
As quoted above, it isn’t only Batgirl being removed from the release slate. The upcoming sequel to 2020’s Scoob! titled Scoob! Holiday Haunt has also been shelved indefinitely. And judging by the wake of this radical shake-up we wouldn’t bet against more titles falling by the wayside as the studio restructures itself in the aftermath of the merger. But this sets a dangerous precedent. After all, Warner Bros went to great lengths to bring Michael Keaton back to the DC Universe and the actor was set to feature in Batgirl, as well as The Flash. And with the ongoing problems with Ezra Miller taken into consideration, the latter may be on shaky ground as it nears its release date.
Let’s hope for some positive news in the coming days. However, it is worth noting that the cancellation of Batgirl in no way reflects on the performance of star Lelie Grace. The studio is said to be swooning over her spell as Barbara Gordon and hopes to have her appear in other projects moving forward. So, let’s hope we get to see her suit up as Batgirl somewhere down the line.
Until then, we watch and wait and see where the dust settles. But these are undoubtedly uncertain times for the DC Universe.
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