LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Leslie Grace attends The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Opening Gala at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on September 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images for Fashion Media)
TV - Movies
It Might Make
Financial Sense
For Warner Bros.
To Cancel Batgirl
Despite being a long-gestating and nearly-finished project for the DCEU, “Batgirl” has been scrapped entirely by Warner Bros., who will not release the movie in theaters or their streaming service, HBO Max. Why would a company do that to a finished movie, and how does that make any sense?
After the Warner Bros. and Discovery merger, the new powers-that-be have decided to refocus back on movies that release first in theaters and later on HBO Max. Created with streaming in mind, “Batgirl” was too small-scale for a full-fledged movie release but too big for a television show, so it would have cost Warner Bros. Discovery way more money to effectively market it.
In addition, new laws in 2016 gave studios far more free rein to write off movies for tax purposes, and now property purchased for movies can be written off at nearly 100% of all expenses. Whether or not Leslie Grace will return as Batgirl in the future is anybody's guess, but we do know one thing — this particular "Batgirl" film will never see the light of day.