the cancellation of Bat girl has left many scratching their heads at the Warner Bros. Discovery move, wondering why they would cancel what seemed like an almost finished movie. New information from The Hollywood Reporter sheds light on some early tests for two DC movies and what it could have meant for Bat girl.
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It is mentioned that despite the general interest in Bat girl (which was to feature the first Latina to star in a DC Extended Universe film), the film itself was not well received in testing. An early version of Bat girl it was screened in the test with temporary visual effects and scoring and received a score of 60 in its only test.
Even though the film received modest scores, low test scores aren’t always indicative that a film will be a total flop, as many have scored big at the box office despite them. The report also mentions that the upcoming sequel to Shazam!, Shazam! fury of the gods, also tested in the 1960s during its early test screening. However, due to the more “modest” budget of Bat girl and the fact that it didn’t feel as theatrical as a bigger DC movie like the batman either Shazam! fury of the godsthe decision was made to cancel the film rather than spend more money on it.
The report goes on to mention that the general thinking of Warner Bros. Discovery, led by CEO David Zaslav, is to make its comic book movies “feel theatrical” and release them in theaters rather than create smaller movies that will open in theaters. streaming services. . This is due, in part, to the money aspect of things, as The Hollywood Reporter notes that a source said it didn’t make sense for the studio to spend more than $90 million on a streaming movie that likely won’t bring in more subscribers when they can. spend less on the product.
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