In a surprising development, Warner Bros. no longer release batgirl, the DC film that has already completed shooting and is expected to hit HBO Max this year. The unusual move comes after a change in leadership at Warners, with the newly installed CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery David Zaslav prioritized cost-cutting measures and Warners refocused on theatrical films rather than creating projects that could be made directly for streaming, as was a priority for former WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar.
batgirl was budgeted at approximately $80 million, with costs reaching nearly $90 million due to COVID-19 protocols. It’s a hefty amount, but significantly lower than DC’s theatrical releases, so the film wouldn’t have the spectacle that the public would expect from DC fare. (the batterreleased in March, had a budget of $185 million, excluding marketing costs.) Warners has also decided to shelve the animated film Scoob!: Holiday Haunt which had a budget in the $40 million range.
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batgirl with star In the heights breakout Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon/ Batgirl and from Bad boys for life filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. The cast also included Michael Keaton, back as Batman, JK Simmons as Barbara’s father, Commissioner Gordon, and Brendan Fraser as the villain Firefly.
Insiders say big-budget movies made directly for streaming no longer make financial sense under the company’s new strategy. In June, Zaslav brought in MGM’s Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy to lead Warners, replacing Toby Emmerich.
Warner Bros Discover leadership was looking for $3 billion in cost savings after the WarnerMedia and Discovery merger completed in April. Major budget cuts underway for the conglomerate included streaming service TSWT+, which cost $300 million before pulling the plug a month after launch, and JJ Abrams’ pricey HBO original. demi-mondewhich aimed to have a budget of over $200 million.
Meanwhile, HBO Max has brought back its programming focus area for originals, cutting The Gordita Chronicles after a single season as part of a strategy shift away from live-action kids and family programs. Linear networks under the Warner Bros. umbrella. Discovery, like TNT and TBS, have also had originals cut in recent months.
Under Kilar, Warners shattered the theater window, sending his 2021 slate day-and-date to HBO Max in a year-long experiment. Now Zaslav seems to be making a total turnaround by emphasizing the importance of theatrical over streaming in terms of original movies.
batgirl had a winding road. Joss Whedon initially signed on to write and direct in 2017, but dropped out a year later. batgirlThe directors, who work under the name Adil & Bilall, stepped in in 2021 as they were busy revitalizing the bad boys franchisee.
In January this year, Grace the first photo shared of himself in costume, along with a quote from the comic book Batgirl: Year One: “I use their expectations against them. That will be their weakness. Not mine. Let them all underestimate me… And when they lose their guard and their pride rises, let me kick them in the ass.”
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