In an unprecedented move within the industry, Warner Bros. Discovery has shelved Batgirl from any release model, including theatrical and streaming. The film was in the final stages of post-production when the studio made the decision, shocking industry insiders and fans alike.
Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, and starring Leslie Grace as the titular hero, Batgirl told the story of Barbara, daughter of Gotham City police commissioner, James Gordon (J.K. Simmons). After admiring Batman (Michael Keaton) from afar, Barbara was supposed to create a crime-fighting vigilante life for herself.
Cost-cutting measures being prioritized by new Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav have been cited as the principal reason as to why the film will not be made available to the public. Theatrical projects are said to be the new main focus for the studio, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Similar budget cuts have been applied throughout the company since the new leadership took over, including the shutting down of CNN+ mere days after the service launched, and the cancellation of J. J. Abrams‘ original HBO show, Demimonde.
Alongside Batgirl, a sequel to 2020’s SCOOB! titled SCOOB!: Holiday Hunt, has also been cancelled, with a budget of approximately $40 million dollars. It remains to be seen what other changes take place within the company after this year’s merger.