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#ReleaseBatgirl Campaign Catches Steam after Viral Images from Canceled ‘Batgirl’ Movie: “They should’ve put this on MAX”

#ReleaseBatgirl Campaign Catches Steam after Viral Images from Canceled 'Batgirl' Movie

Warner Bros. has been treating their Batgirl movie like a rabid flying rodent (yes, like the one that caused the pandemic) and exterminating the unfortunate thing by “lighting almost $100 million on fire“. 

Leslie Grace was in the lead role in Batgirl before David Zaslav's cancellation.
Leslie Grace was in the lead role in Batgirl before David Zaslav’s cancellation.

The studio has put the nearly-finished production on hold. The DC Comics adaptation was first planned and made as an HBO Max release, then it was thought about for a theatrical release, but it won’t now have either. Before Warner Bros. and Warner Bros. Discovery combined in April 2022, Batgirl was already in development.

Read more: “We did not even keep the scenes with Batman in it”: Batgirl Directors Utterly Devastated After WB Discovery Deleted the Incomplete Film Footage, Proves David Zaslav is a Ruthless Monster

So, why was the film put on hold? Well, it apparently isn’t ‘big’ enough to be released

The folks at The Wrap say that the new administration wants to focus on “big theatrical event films” as opposed to short spinoffs. Insiders believe that the decision to shelve the movie, like some of the other decisions Warner Bros. Discovery has taken since the merger, is motivated by a desire for a  tax write-off. Despite the movie’s declared $70 million budget, rumors claim that COVID shutdowns led the costs to soar to over $90 million.  In the context of current superhero entertainment, we believe this counts as a “smaller” spinoff.

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Batgirl got scrapped because of tax write-off
Batgirl got scrapped because of tax write-off

When Warner Bros. abandoned the movie, Batgirl was already well into postproduction, with just temporary visual effects and music. Previously, the movie had just one test showing, which was the only time the audience saw a cut. One speculation around Batgirl is if it would follow in the footsteps of Zack Snyder‘s Justice League, a movie that was shelved but subsequently released. But according to reports, Batgirl is unique for a number of reasons. The studio did not claim a tax write-off for Justice League. There was no legal reason why a different version couldn’t exist once it was released in theaters.

Read more: “Just so long as the movie comes out”: Batgirl Directors Reveal They’re Still Open to Work With WB After Nightmarish Decision, Want to Follow Chris Nolan, Zack Snyder, and James Gunn in the Future

Fans’ reactions to the cancellation of the release

Meanwhile, this is what Twitterati had to say about it:

Batgirl directors were surprised after movie got shelved
Batgirl directors were surprised after movie got shelved
HBO Max’s Batgirl has been shelved indefinitely

The studio would violate the regulations that let Warner Bros. Discovery claim a tax write-off if it released Batgirl. Additionally, although sources claim it’s likely some of the partners connected to the project may have some material for their perusal, although directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have said they do not have direct access to any footage.

David Zaslav was the reason behind Batgirl's cancellation.
David Zaslav was the reason behind Batgirl’s cancellation.

In contrast, Snyder left the Warner Bros. lot with a laptop that included a rough, four-hour cut of Justice League in the spring of 2017. After what seemed like a never-ending movement of fans pleading and calling for the release of his version of the movie, he subsequently finished that cut.

Read more: “Maybe when he wins his Oscar they’ll want to show the movie”: Batgirl Directors Hopeful Batgirl Movie Will Release Due to Brendan Fraser’s Resurgence as ‘The Whale’ Star Becomes Favorite to Win Best Actor

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Written by Aaditya Pathak

A 23 y/o wanderer who seeks anarchy and contemplates on whether his relatability is greater with the Batman or with the Joker; he spends his time listening to rock music and brooding by himself in crowded spaces. He also happens to have an unparalleled affinity for all things best served classic—music, movies and literature.