The DC Comics Inspired Movie bat girl won’t be on the big screen, new reports reveal.
The feature – which was already in post-production – was officially killed off by Warner Bros. and will not premiere in theaters or on HBO Max, Variety reports.
According to the publication, the film was originally slated to air on HBO Max on a theatrical release, but the new corporate regime following the Warner Bros. with Discovery has placed theatrical releases at the top of the priority list, leaving bat girl suspended in the balance.
Studio insiders insist the decision to halt production altogether was not a result of the film’s quality, as the New York Post reported for the first time.
“They think an indescribable ‘Batgirl’ will be irretrievable,” Hollywood source says The post office after the film was reportedly bombarded with test audiences.
The film’s budget — which was originally set at $75 million — reportedly jumped to $90 million, in part due to COVID-related delays. This makes it one of the most expensive film projects ever launched, according to The post office.
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bat girl— that fans won’t see — stars In the heights‘ Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon (aka Batgirl), with JK Simmons like Barbara’s father, Commissioner Jim Gordon, and Brendan Fraser as the villain, Firefly. Michael Keaton also reprized his role as Batman.
A spokesperson for Warner Bros. has since released a statement about it, writing “The decision not to release bat girl reflects the strategic shift in our leadership with respect to the DC Universe and HBO Max. Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actress and this decision does not reflect her performance,” said NPR.
Grace then took to Instagram herself to speak about the film’s cancellation, telling her followers, “I’m proud of the love, hard work and intention that all of our amazing cast and crew tireless put into this film for 7 months in Scotland.”
“I feel blessed to have worked among some great absolutes and forged lifelong relationships in the process,” she continued in her post Wednesday. “To all Batgirl fans – THANK YOU for the love and faith that allowed me to take the course and become, as Babs said best, ‘my own hero!'”
She concluded her post with the hashtag “#Batgirl for life!” with a very appropriate bat emoji.
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