Batgirl Movie Canceled as Future of DCEU Changes

In a surprising twist, Warner Bros. Discovery has reportedly decided to cancel the planned release Batgirl movie, according to a recent report from The packaging.

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The report mentions that Warner Bros. Discovery no longer plans to release the film, which had already wrapped production earlier this year and was apparently nearing completion, either on HBO Max or in theaters. Earlier this year, reports hinted at the possibility of the film being moved from theaters to streaming only, but it appears that Warner Bros. Discovery has instead chosen to scrap it completely.

News of the film’s cancellation also hints at the potential reasoning behind it, with the report noting that the new executives at Warner Bros. Discovery, led by CEO David Zaslav, is looking to make DC movies more of a big theatrical event for the film industry, and it Batgirl didn’t fit that mold. The film was not originally intended as a theatrical release and had a much smaller budget compared to most comic book successes.

Batgirl was set to play Leslie Grace (In the Heights) as Barbara Gordon, daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon. The hero was first seen in 1967 Batman series with the late Yvonne Craig playing Barbara. Her first cartoon appearance was in Detective Comics #357 by author Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino.

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The news comes amid a turbulent time for the DCEU, as earlier this year reports also surfaced suggesting Warner Bros. Discovery is looking to re-evaluate the current state of the DCEU. With only five films — Black Adam, Shazam! Wrath of the Gods, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, The lightningand Blue Beetle — with concrete release dates as of now, it’s anyone’s guess what the future holds for the world of DC Films.

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