After the merger of Discovery with Warner Bros. Entertainment, the newly-owned company seems to want to review its plans for HBO Max, and the DC Extended Universe as a whole. Now, don’t worry, what’s in production (or post-production) now will come out, but it may end up in theaters instead of on the streaming service, which could happen with Batgirl, which would make the second DCEU film to be developed as an HBO Max exclusive project, only for it to release in theaters, with Blue Beetle, set to come out in 2023.
Warner Bros. wanted to compete with Marvel’s new transmedial endeavor with theatrical-exclusive films and Disney+ series (which will soon turn into specials, like Werewolf By Night and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special). And while TV spinoffs of DC films like Peacemaker was great, and The Batman’s spinoff Penguin is underway, Warner also wanted to produce HBO Max exclusive FILMS on lesser-known DC characters, such as Blue Beetle, Batgirl, and The Wonder Twins, which recently announced its leads. It seems that Discovery has other plans in mind for the DCEU, knowing that a film like Batgirl could have great potential on the big screen, especially in a post-pandemic market.
The film will likely be delayed after the postponement of The Flash (since it has some connections with it, with the inclusion of Michael Keaton as The Caped Crusader), so it could give enough time for Warner Bros. to reassess their plans. They should release the film in theaters, especially after the release of The Batman, a mid-budget superhero film that made more than $750 million at the worldwide box office and became the second highest-grossing movie released during the COVID-19 pandemic. It would do very well.
Batgirl is directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, with a script written by Christina Hodson. It stars Leslie Grace, J.K. Simmons, Brendan Fraser, Jacob Scipio, the aforementioned Keaton, and Ivory Aquino.
Source: The Playlist