Holy millions down the drain, Batman!
DC Comics movie “Batgirl” A top Hollywood source told The Post, will be completely “dependent” by Warner Bros.
That means it won’t hit theaters or streaming service hbo max, Fans won’t see it.
The reportedly $70 million film (the source said the budget was actually over $100 million), which was testing screenings for audiences in anticipation of a late 2022 debut, features the most expensive cinematic castoff ever. will rank.
Those tests were said to have been so poorly received by film audiences that the studio decided to cut their losses and run for the sake of the brand’s future. This is a DC disaster.
“They think an inexplicable ‘Batgirl’ is going to be irreplaceable,” the source said.
The post has reached out to Warner Bros. for comment.
It is a shame for the film that it has been a month long journey. “Batgirl,” directed by Adil El Arabi and Bilal Fallah (“Bad Boys for Life”), didn’t get a single mention at DC’s Comic-Con panel in San Diego in July — an unusual move that raised industry eyebrows. After all, this much-hyped program is designed in such a way as to increase exposure for upcoming projects.
Marvel’s Comic-Con presentation, on the other hand, More than a dozen films announced The so-called Phases 5 and 6 of the MCU, will be released through the fall of 2025, and more certainly in Hopper.
“Batgirl”, starring Leslie Grace (“In the Heights”) with JK Simmons, Michael Keaton and Brendan Fraser in the title role, was originally planned for an HBO Max release. puck newsletter Reported in April That the WB’s then-president, Toby Emmerich, was even considering a theatrical run for the film.
But Emmerich stepped down in June to form his own production company—shortly after Warner Bros. merged with Discovery and David Zaslav became CEO of the new entity. He replaced Emmerich with MGM’s Michael De Luca (who was likely to deliver the “Bat” news) and Pam Abdi.
While the film’s co-directors have done some scattered interviews about the casting, the studio has since remained silent on the plans for “Batgirl.”
A ruthless cost-cutter, it wouldn’t be unusual for Zaslav to shelve a multimillion-dollar effort. remember, he’s the same guy $300 million streaming service CNN+ It got axed just days after its grand launch because it didn’t garner enough customers.
The budget-conscious CEO, according to Variety, is Split WB into multiple sectionsIncluding a reorganized “DC-based filmmaking” group.
With that in mind, The WB is said to be looking for a head honcho to play the drifting DC Extended Universe and whip it into consistent shape, like Kevin Feige somewhere More successful was with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is owned by Disney. The current president of DC Film Production is Walter Hamada. Warner Bros. Discovery will report its second quarter earnings on Thursday and announce future plans.
DC is in urgent need of all possible help.
Unlike Marvel Studios, whose films sometimes get bad reviews but reliably print money, DC is a disorganized, confusing, not-too-profitable one. “Aquaman” and “Wonder Woman 1984” received mixed notices from critics, “Bird Hunt” and “Suicide Squad” acclaimed flops were,
,BatmanIt performed OK at the box office for Warner Bros., grossing $770 million with an R rating, and received good notice. However, the only DC Extended Universe film that managed to make $1 billion at the box office of The Dark Knight, which came out 14 years ago (Joker was not part of the DCEU with Joaquin Phoenix), was ” Aquaman.” Meanwhile, Marvel’s pandemic-era “Spider-Man: No Way Home” Has earned $1.9 billion worldwide And “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” has grossed a solid $955 million.
Lately, DC’s nasty star drama has eclipsed the buzz – such as it is – around its movies.
Ezra Miller, who plays The Flash, has caused a lot of embarrassing controversy this year. In the spring, actors was arrested twice in Hawaii First for disorderly conduct and harassment, then for second-degree assault. Then in June, the Standing Rock Sioux tribal court issued a protection order against the 29-year-old for allegedly using “violence, intimidation, threats of violence, fear, paranoia, delusions and drugs.” To groom an 18 year old child Which the actress has known since the age of 12. (Miller has not commented publicly on the latest allegations; the police investigation into the aerial incidents follows) allegedly running,
Meanwhile, Ben Affleck relentlessly claims that he played the Caped Crusader—even to allow Robert Pattinson a role in this year’s “The Batman”—but plays a bad ex-boyfriend. Kind of keeps coming back. It was reported this week by Screen Rant that the actor Will reappear as Bruce Wayne In “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom”. Astonishing
And Gal Gadot is said to star in “Wonder Woman 3,” but actress and director Patty Jenkins hasn’t said anything — including a title or release date — other than that they’re throwing around script ideas. DC, which tends to ruin legendary properties with abandon, doesn’t seem to have any big plans.
Soon, though, Wonder Woman will no longer be holding the Golden Lasso. Instead, the power will be handled by an all-controlling DC film production chief who will attempt to turn things around. Before they arrive, killing “Batgirl” is step 1.
“This is the end of DC as a hobby,” said the source.