Warner Bros. Discovery has no plans to release a near-finished $90 million movie

Warner Bros. Discovery will not release “Batgirl,” either in theaters or on HBO MAX, TheWrap has learned. The $90 million project is effectively dead.

Made under an earlier regimen, “Batgirl” was initially designed to be an HBO Max release, and was later considered for theatrical release. Due to COVID issues and closures, the budget ballooned to $90 million.

The film stars “In the Heights” breakout star Leslie Grace in the title role of Barbara Gordon.

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Studio leaders ultimately determined, despite reshoots and increased budgets, that the film simply didn’t work out, according to insiders. The new owners and management, led by CEO David Zaslav, are committed to making big theatrical event movies with DC titles, and “Batgirl” isn’t that. Insiders added that studio executives love the film’s directors and star, and are actively planning to work with them soon.

Warner Bros. Discovery is working to elevate DC Films to be seen on the big screen. “Batgirl” had not been written or produced as a theatrical film.

“Bad Boys for Life” filmmaking duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah directed “Batgirl.” The film also starred Michael Keaton as the caped crusader Bruce Wayne/Batman. Last month, El Arbi and Fallah received rave reviews for directing the first two episodes of “Ms. Wonderful.”

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Additionally, according to the Hollywood Reporter, “Warners has also decided to drop the animated film “Scoob!: Holiday Haunt,” which had a budget in the $40 million range.”

Batgirl made her debut in the Batman mythos 50 years ago as Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner Jim Gordon. Since then, she has become one of the most popular superheroines in the world. When Barbara Gordon was paralyzed by a gunshot from the Joker in the classic graphic novel “The Killing Joke”, other crime fighters such as The Huntress and Orphan took on the name Batgirl while Barbara became Oracle, an expert assistant in batman tech. Barbara later returned to the role of Batgirl, as her assault in “The Killing Joke” was revisited.

Filming initially took place in Glasgow, Scotland from November 2021 to March 2022, and was in post-production. A spokesman for the studio had no comment. A representative for Grace did not immediately comment.

The New York Post was the first to report the news.

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