It’s always baffling to understand why studios do what they do, when it comes to film projects. But when DC Comics and Warner Bros. are involved, it becomes a veritable maze of differing opinions, which involves studio heads, fans and critics. This creates a cacophony that prevents us from discovering the truth in the matter.
Some say bat girl‘s downfall was the massive budget of the project, which of course couldn’t be the case, as now over US$90 million has been spent and the film is on its way. Shelved somewhere, almost done and it’s a huge waste of the budget mentioned above. Others say the attraction is due to a change in management at Warner Bros, like Aaron Couch at The Hollywood Reporter points out “David Zaslav, CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery [is] prioritize cost-cutting measures and refocus Warners on creating theatrical films rather than streaming projects. “Warner Bros. completed its merger with Discovery in May 2021, to form a company that includes WarnerMedia and AT&T’s Discovery Inc..
It was also said that the film was shown to test audiences and did not perform well, although we can’t imagine that being true. The beautiful Leslie Grace, of In the heights would have been the first Latina Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, which would seem to make the test audience racist… And we all know DC fans aren’t. Where are they? Let’s not forget that the project is also led by Adil & Bilall, two Belgian filmmakers from the MENA region, behind another badass Muslim comic book heroine, Ms. Marvel, which did well on Disney+. Yet the consensus around the world seems to be silencing the voices of Arab filmmakers right now, in a very subdued and manipulative way. But more on that to come later this month.
The cast seemed brilliant all around, with Michael Keaton as Batman, JK Simmons as Gordon’s father, Commissioner James Gordon, and Brendan Fraser as the villainous Firefly.
Another rumor that’s surfaced is that the movie isn’t “big enough” for the big screen and not “small enough” to stream. Eh ? What? We didn’t get that either and loved the behind-the-scenes photos from the set of Gotham in Glasgow. He looked quite big and quite small at the same time. And sometimes it’s not a matter of size.
In the end, as Peter Bradshaw points out in The Guardian, studio executives have always shown their “manliness” by dropping projects. However, even the seasoned critic admits this has never been done before, for a fully completed film. Which has already been done and is ready to be screened for enthusiastic audiences around the world.
The New York Post first reported that the film was being scrapped, it was called “unsalvageable” behind the scenes and revealed that the action of removing it completely, so that the public could never watch it, was to save the brand name.
Whatever the reason, it follows a dangerous tendency for talented professionals to be burnt out, chewed up and thrown away, leaving the final decision in the hands of studio executives who don’t really care about cinema, but rather results. . And we hear this is just the start of cuts and daggers at Warner Bros. Discovery.
Update 8/4: Leslie Grace took to Instagram and I had to share.