Warner Bros. Discovery is currently discussing making different deals with ‘Batgirl’ directors Adil El Arbi & Billal Fallah and star Leslie Grace after shelving the film as the decision “was not a reflection on their talent as much as the radical strategy shift.”
On Aug 3, Warner Bros. has axed two films, Batgirl and Scoob! Holiday Haunt. The rejection comes because of amounts to an emphatic rejection of past WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar’s strategy to make original $70 million live-action and animated films directly for streaming site HBO Max.
In a statement, Warner Bros Discovery stated that “The decision to not release Batgirl reflects our leadership’s strategic shift as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max. Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actor and this decision is not a reflection of her performance. We are incredibly grateful to the filmmakers of Batgirl and Scoob! Holiday Haunt and their respective casts and we hope to collaborate with everyone again in the near future.” (Via Deadline)
Batgirl filmmakers were told that it came down to a “purchase accounting” maneuver available to Warner Discovery because the company has changed hands, and also changed strategy from the previous regime. This opportunity expires in mid-August, said sources, and it allows Warner Bros Discovery to not have to carry the losses on its books at a time when the studio is trying to pare down $3 billion in debt across its divisions.