‘Batgirl’ movie deleted despite $90 million price tag

Discovery of Warner Bros. will not release Batgirl in theaters or on its streaming platform, HBO Max. The DC live-action film stars Leslie Grace in the lead role as superhero/Barbara Gordon, and included guest appearances by Michael Keaton as Batman and JK Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon.

According to reports from The Hollywood Reporter, production costs exceeded the original budget by approximately $80 million due to COVID-related measures, bringing the price to almost $90 million. The film, directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, has reportedly wrapped filming and is set to debut on HBO Max this year. Batgirl has been in the works since 2017, with Grace’s casting announced in 2021. Per THR, Warner Bros.’ The decision to cancel the film is the result of the studio wanting to invest a lot of money in DC blockbusters over streaming releases. Under the new leadership of David Zaslav as CEO, the company is focused on streamlining and reductions across the board following the merger of WarnerMedia and Discovery.

The move has some DC fans wondering about the status of another upcoming DCEU adaptation: The Flash. Ezra Miller stars as the title character, in recent months the actor has faced assault and kidnapping allegations and has been arrested twice. The film has a 2023 theatrical release, but it’s unclear if the controversy surrounding Miller will affect WarnerMedia’s decision to move forward.

However, Batgirl wasn’t the only HBO Max on the chopping block, as the studio also decided to cut Scoob! : Holiday Haunt, the sequel to Scoob! Although Batgirl is out of the running, future DC theatrical releases include Aquaman 2, Black Adam, and Shazam! Fury of the gods.

Eleanor C. William