The recent reports regarding the upcoming Batgirl movie being shelved have set the internet and more importantly the DC Fandom ablaze. It is reported that the movie had to face poor reviews from the early screenings which led to the studio ultimately putting it to rest. According to the fans, it is all because of the new CEO David Zaslav who has a strong disliking for flop contents and doesn’t think twice to discard them no matter in which part of production it is. Some rumors are also floating that David Zaslav may also trash other upcoming projects of DC if he finds it not up to standards.
Batgirl is the latest victim of David Zaslav:
The Leslie Grace starrer Batgirl was going to be released on HBO Max which was about to show Michael Keaton’s Batman for the first time in the modern DC Universe. The movie was about to explore the story of Barbara Gordon and was directed by Adil and Bilall who recently directed the MCU series, Ms. Marvel.
The movie was shown to some selected audiences and according to the reports, the reception was poor as a result of which it got shelved. Regarding the decision, a spokesperson of Warner Bros. stated:
“The decision to not release Batgirl reflects our leadership’s strategic shift as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max, Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actor and this decision is not a reflection of her performance. We are incredibly grateful to the filmmakers of Batgirl and Scoob! Holiday Haunt and their respective casts and we hope to collaborate with everyone again in the near future.”
The new CEO wants to implement some major cost-cutting techniques under which they will not work on films that will not do them any good and not only did Batgirl fall in the clasp of this but also another WB movie Scoob!: Holiday Haunt.
The fans doubt DC’s future:
With the cancellation of Batgirl, another news also came in this week that DC is going to replace Michael Keaton’s Batman from Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom with Ben Affleck’s caped crusader. Many people stated that it is a move for DC to save the movie after it faced a lot of controversies regarding Amber Heard. Although we don’t know any official reason for this replacement, if this reason is to be believed, then it can be said that Warner Bros. is really emphasizing on its business structure.
These latest reports also fuel speculations that David Zaslav may also take down The Flash from the upcoming projects of DC as the actor Ezra Miller is in big trouble now with several legal crises on his head. So to avoid any losses or controversies, the Boss of WB may take such a step.
Now with so many threats to the future of the studio, and a lack of proper direction, DC needs a proper plan to execute future projects so that they can develop into a behemoth superhero universe. Besides the cost-cutting techniques, the studio will also have to find ways to establish a proper Cinematic Universe.
The Upcoming DCEU project Black Adam is going to hit the theaters on October 21, 2022
Source: New York Post