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"Batgirl" cancelled despite in its final stages

Writer: Heidi Hsia

It is without doubt that Leslie Grace is devastated
It is without doubt that Leslie Grace is devastated

4 Aug – Warner Bros recently shocked DC fans everywhere when it announced that "Batgirl" will not be released at all.

The movie, which stars "In the Heights" actress Leslie Grace, was originally greenlit in 2021 as part of the studio's effort to create feature films specifically for HBO Max.

However, with the company merging with Discovery, the new management is now going back to theatrical features, with no plan for "Batgirl", which is made with a budget of USD 90 million, to be released on either the said platform or theatrically.

Sources stated that the studio wanted DC features to be at a blockbuster scale, and that "Batgirl", which was made for a small screen platform, does not make the cut.

We won't be seeing Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl
We won't be seeing Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl

"Batgirl" has a star-studded cast that includes J.K. Simmons playing Barbara's father, Commissioner Jim Gordon, Brendan Fraser playing the villain Firefly, and Michael Keaton reprising his role as Batman (aside from doing so in the upcoming "The Flash").

The news also has fans questioning the future of Keaton's Batman. While the actor was originally scheduled to appear in three upcoming DC movies, his scene in "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" has already been cut, "Batgirl" is not showing, while the fate of "The Flash" is still hanging by the thread that is lead star Ezra Miller's numerous controversies.

Will Michael Keaton's Batman gets its day on the big screen?
Will Michael Keaton's Batman gets its day on the big screen?

Cinema Online, 04 August 2022

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