Despite the fact that Batgirl is now in the final stages of post-production, Warner Bros. and DC Films have decided not to release the film in any format, including on theater screens.
This is in accordance with the new WB regime’s directive to reduce the number of feature films launching on the streaming service and to choose which films will be distributed theatrically and which will be shelved. According to insiders close to the production, Batgirl did not make the cut this week.
No comments were made by Warner Bros.
The film starring Leslie Grace as the titular character, Brendan Fraser, and Michael Keaton reprising his Bruce Wayne role was anticipated to arrive around 2023. According to insiders, the picture was shelved because it did not align with the new DC Films and HBO Max strategy. The company aims to produce theatrical tentpoles with budgets of at least $90 million, and based on the early footage shown, this film does not fit that model.
The move follows a number of recent company-wide adjustments, including significant changes to HBO Max, with more likely on this week’s earnings call.