Holy Waste of Money, Batman! "Batgirl" Movie Cancelled by Warner Bros.
Following a long line of cancellations and rebrand tactics since the merger of Warner Bros. and Discovery, the company has announced that the upcoming Batgirl movie will be shelved indefinitely. The film was originally set to be released on HBO Max, with a potential theatrical release alongside. Unfortunately, those plans have been halted as the film has no future plans to be released on any platform.
The film was to star In the Heights breakout Leslie Grace as the titular character, with Michael Keaton returning to play Batman, and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. Brendan Fraser was set to play the villain, Firefly. Bad Boys For Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah helmed the project.
Batgirl had been plagued by COVID-19 restrictions upon filming, with the budget ballooning to nearly $90 million. The company is now prioritizing theatrical releases for all of their DC properties, and they felt that the film didn’t fit this vision.
The HBO Max release of Scoob!: Holiday Haunt, budgeted at $40 million, has also been shelved.
With Batgirl off the calendar, Black Adam and Shazam! Fury of the Gods are the remaining DC properties set for a 2022 release. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, The Flash, and Blue Beetle will also maintain their projected release dates.