It’s been a little over a month since Warner Bros. Discovery laid aside that Batgirl movie. The move has caused a lot of backlash against the studio, especially since it was all so they could take advantage of a tax write-off, but Warner Bros. Discovery CFO Gunnar Wiedenfels said that the reaction wasblown out of proportion.“
Gunnar Wiedenfels spoke at the Bank of America Securities Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference earlier today. “For me, you know, it’s blown a little out of proportion as far as the attention externally,Wiedenfels said. “The focus is, on a forward-looking basis here, that we spend more than ever in the history of the two old companies on content. We continue to make significant investments – [but] we make them differently.Wiedenfels added, “Media likes to talk about media, I guess.He also doesn’t think the cancellation of Batgirl was all that unusual. “I don’t think it’s unusual,Wiedenfels said. “We are a creative industry, and one of the elements of creativity is that there is judgment and view of what the potential of what a particular piece of [intellectual property] maybe.“
From a creative standpoint, it’s somewhat troubling that something you’ve worked so hard on will never see the light of day just so a company can save a few bucks. However, Gunnar Wiedenfels claimed that Warner Bros. Discovery has “healthy relationships” with creative talent. “We offer one of the best platforms for everyone in the creative space,he said.
Batgirl directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah were not even able to keep any of the footage to themselves. The couple said they tried to save some recordings when they learned of the film’s fate, but the studio had already blocked it from their server. “Adil called and told me, ‘Go ahead! Shoot everything on your phone!’” Fallah explained. “I went on the server… Everything was gone. We were [like]… ‘F**ing shit!’… We didn’t [even] hold [the scenes] with Batman in it.” Do you believe the reaction to the cancellation of Batgirl the movie was blown out of proportion?