Thunderbolt in the world of cinema. “Batgirl”, the film with a budget of 90 million dollars and almost completed, will not see the light of day in the end. The “Warner Bros Discovery” studio suddenly announced on Wednesday that it was abandoning the project.
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Stupor in Hollywood, the studio Warner Bros Discovery announced on Wednesday that the film Batgirl will not be released in theaters or on the streaming platform HBO Max as originally planned in the United States. An extremely rare decision for an almost completed feature film and its colossal budget of 90 million dollars. The adaptation of the adventures of the heroine of DC Comics was to see in his first role Leslie Grace, supported by Michael Keaton, who resumed his costume of the bat man left in the Tim Burton films of 1989 and 1992.
The young actress said she was “proud of the love, hard work and determination that all of our amazing actors and tireless crew put into this film over 7 months in Scotland“, in a long message posted Wednesday on Instagram. For their part, the duo of directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah were more lively in their reaction published on the social network. “We are saddened and amazed by the news. We still can’t believe it. We would have liked fans around the world to be able to see the film and understand it.”they lamented.
Batgirl seems to have fallen victim to the merger last April of the studios Warner Bros. and Discovery. During the pandemic, the Warner house had bet on films intended to be broadcast only on the streaming platform HBO Max. Bringing the two groups together would have led to a radical change in strategy. The magazine variety estimate that Batgirl was deemed too expensive for the streaming community looking to cut spending, but not sensational enough for movie theaters, sounding the death knell for the masked heroine.