‘Batgirl’ eradicated at Warner Bros., will not hit HBO Max – The Hollywood Reporter

In a surprising turn of events, Warner Bros. will no longer be released Bat girl, the DC series has completed filming and is scheduled to air on HBO Max this year. The unusual move comes after a leadership change at Warners, with the newly created CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, David Zaslav, prioritizes cost-cutting measures and refocusing Warners on creating theatrical films over streaming projects, as had been a priority for the former WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar.

Bat girl was budgeted around $80 million, with costs rising to nearly $90 million due to the COVID-19 protocol. That’s a hefty sum, but significantly less than DC’s theatrical releases, so the film arguably doesn’t have the spectacle audiences have come to expect from DC’s ticket prices. (Batmanreleased in March, had a budget of $185 million, excluding marketing costs.) Warners has also decided to remove the animation feature. Scoob !: Holiday Hauntingbudget in the range of $40 million.

Bat girl stars In the heights breakthrough Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon / Batgirl – the first Latina to play the role – and comes from Ugly for life filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. The film’s cast also includes Michael Keaton, returning as Batman, JK Simmons as Barbara’s father, Commissioner James Gordon and Brendan Fraser as the villain Firefly. The New York Post First report Bat girl will be removed.

Insiders say that big-budget movies made direct-to-stream no longer make financial sense under the company’s new strategy. In June, Zaslav tapped MGM’s Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy to run Warners, replacing Toby Emmerich.

Warner Bros. board of directors. Discovery managed to save $3 billion in costs after the WarnerMedia and Discovery merger closed in April. Major cuts in the process have included streaming service CNN+, costs 300 million dollars before the plug was pulled a month after launch and JJ Abrams’ expensive HBO original Demimondeaim to have a $200 million plus budget.

Meanwhile, HBO Max has reduced its programming focus area to originals, cutting Chronicles of Gordita following a unique part of a strategy to shift away from live-action children’s shows and family shows. Linear networks under the umbrella of Warner Bros. Discovery like TNT and TBS have also had original cuts in recent months.

Under Kilar’s lead, Warners broke the theater window, sending the date and month of 2021 to HBO Max in a year-long trial. Now, Zaslav seems to be going all-in on engineering in emphasizing the importance of theater over streaming of original movies.

Bat girl have taken a winding road up to this point. Joss Whedon originally signed on to write and direct in 2017, then quit a year later. Bat girl’directors of, who work under the name Adil & Bilall, joined in 2021 as they were anxious to revive Bad boy Franchising.

In January of this year, Grace shared the first look photo of her in a costume, along with a quote from the comic Batgirl: Year One: “I use their expectations against them. That would be their weak point. Not mine. Let them all underestimate me… And when they let their guard down, and their pride is rising, let me kick their ass.”

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