Batgirl test screenings scored similarly to Shazam! 2

The cancellation of Batgirl has left many scratching their heads at the move by Warner Bros. Discovery wondered why they would cancel what appeared to be a nearly finished film. New information from The Hollywood Reporter sheds light on some early tests for two DC movies and what it could have meant for Batgirl.

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It is mentioned that despite the general interest in Batgirl (which was to feature the first Latina to star in a DC Extended Universe film), the film itself was not well received in tests. An early version of Batgirl was test screened with temp VFX and score and got a score in the low 60s in its only test.

Although the film received modest marks, low test scores are not always an indication that a film will be a total failure, as many have scored big at the box office despite them. The report also mentions that the upcoming sequel to Shazam!, Shazam! Wrath of the Gods, also tested in the 60s during its early test screening. However, due to the more “modest” budget on Batgirl and the fact that it didn’t feel as theatrical as a major DC movie Batman or Shazam! Wrath of the Godsit was decided to cancel the film instead of putting more money into it.

The report goes on to mention that the overall thought at Warner Bros. Discovery, led by CEO David Zaslav, needs to make its cartoon films “feel theatrical” and release them in theaters, versus creating smaller films that will be released on streaming services. This is partly due to the monetary side of things, as The Hollywood Reporter notes that a source said it didn’t make sense for the studio to spend upwards of $90 million on a streaming movie that likely won’t bring in. more subscribers when they can spend less on the product.

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As for the larger DC Extended Universe, it looks like the big movies set to release in the coming years are still on track to do so, at least for now. This includes The lightning, which Rolling Stone reports is still on track for a 2023 release date despite the various issues star Ezra Miller has been dealing with over the past few months. 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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