Batgirl Reportedly Getting Secret Screenings at Warner Bros. Lot

Just as fans have come to accept the fact that they will never get to see Leslie Grace’s Batgirl movie, it seems that there are some who will get to see the completed movie before it is put into its permanent resting place in the Warner Bros. vaults. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a select group, including cast and crew of the movie and a small number of executives, are said to be getting what is being referred to by some as a “funeral screening” of the movie later this week at the Warner Bros. lot.

It is less than a month since it was announced that Batgirl was not only being dropped from HBO Max’s release schedule, but being scrapped entirely as Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav kick-started a chain of cancellations to put into a tax write-down. Since then, a number of other movies and TV series have been dropped from schedules, leading to a lot of unrest about the future of Warner Bros. Discovery’s relationship with filmmakers and audiences.

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Batgirl’s cancellation was particularly brutal and hard for many to take with the movie being only weeks away from completing post-production. Although the first reports of the scrapping of Batgirl were so unexpected that they were roundly disbelieved until further reports confirming the information surfaced, when it became clear that Batgirl’s journey had ended before it began, it still didn’t prepare anyone for the number of further cancelations that would follow across the month.

Warner Bros. Discovery Has Now Delayed the Release of Two DCEU Movies

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While movies like The Nun 2 and Evil Dead Rise have now been given theatrical release dates by Warner Bros. Discovery, the studio has also delayed two of its big upcoming DCEU movie. Shazam: Fury of the Gods has been moved from its December 2022 slot to a March release, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is moving to December 2023, a whole eight months after its previous date. This means that The Flash will now seemingly open ahead of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which was recently confirmed to feature Ben Affleck as Batman.

According to earlier reports by The Hollywood Reporter, Zaslav’s extreme cost-cutting exercise is partly to blame for this new wave of movie delays as the studio attempt to spread out the hefty marketing costs associated with DC movies. This means that the three DCEU movies releasing in 2023 will all be a few months apart if the current release schedule turns out to be the final version.

What the changes also mean is that Black Adam is the only live-action DCEU movie being released in 2022. This follows on from last year’s The Suicide Squad and 2020’s Wonder Woman 1984 and Birds of Prey as the only DCEU movie releases in the last two years. With Zaslav recently revealing that Warner Bros. Discovery is currently working on a “Marvel-style” ten-year plan for the DCEU, fans will be hoping that this plan will include a more stable release schedule and perhaps just a few more movies that actually make it to screens.