Warner Bros. Releases Statement to Clarify Batgirl Cancelation

Yesterday’s shock announcement that Warner Bros. is canceling the upcoming Batgirl movie despite the film being in the final weeks of post-production is still being processed by DC fans. While initial rumors hinted that the reason could be linked to bad test screenings, a statement released by Warner Bros. has confirmed that the scrapping of the movie was for financial reasons linked to the new business strategy of the company since their merger with Discovery. The statement published by The Hollywood Reporter read:

“The decision to not release Batgirl reflects our leadership’s strategic shift as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max. 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.”

When the news first broke in The New York Post, it was such an unprecedented move that no one in the industry actually believed the story. As more sources corroborated the information, it became apparent very quickly that something was happening at Warner Bros. that many just couldn’t bring themselves to believe, including filmmakers like Doctor Strange helmer Scott Derrickson who said in a Twitter post, “Never seen this with a movie this size.”

That seems to be the sentiment across the industry, as it seems incomprehensible for a movie with a $70-$90 million budget to just be scrapped when it is not only already filmed but on the verge of completing post-production. According to other reports, even the movie’s directing duo were unaware of the movie being canceled and heard the news while in Morocco for the wedding of director Adil El Arbi.

Batgirl’s Cancelation Has Asked Questions of The DCEU’s Stability

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While the DCEU has never managed to really find its footing, with Zack Snyder’s original vision falling apart due to circumstances beyond the control of either the director or the studio, subsequent movies feeling disjointed and unconnected, and now Warner Bros. firefighting problems with the public image of Amber Heard and Ezra Miller, the cancelation of Batgirl has reignited the question of whether the DCEU is capable of being saved.

Warner Bros.’s decision to talk only about Black Adam and Shazam! Fury of the Gods during San Diego Comic-Con seemed strange at the time, as there was no mention of Batgirl, Blue Beetle, or any of the 2023 movie releases. It now appears that in Batgirl’s case, there was a reason why Warner Bros. was in no rush to promote the movie, which has, in retrospect, been in release limbo for months with no real confirmation of when it would be premiering. The latest development has now opened doors to questions about Michael Keaton’s Batman role, which is also said to have been removed from Aquaman 2 in favor of the return of Ben Affleck, and the entire future of the DCEU.

Considering Warner Bros. has made it clear that the Snyderverse is not coming back, they seem to suddenly be intent on now using Affleck as Batman over anyone else. How all this will end up playing out is something that we will discover in the next year.