Hollywood insiders are getting one final take a look at “Batgirl” this week in what one supply described to The Hollywood Reporter as “funeral screenings,” following Warner Bros.’ controversial choice to shelve the superhero film for good.
That very same supply advised The Hollywood Reporter the movie will likely be laid to relaxation in both digital or bodily kind in a vault, presumably on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California. Initially set for an HBO Max-only launch, the $90 million film was scrapped whereas in postproduction.
A consultant for WarnerMedia didn’t instantly reply to HuffPost’s request for touch upon the reported screenings.
DC Movies followers erupted when David Zaslav, the brand new CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, determined to ax the movie for a tax write-down. Shepherding a merger between Discovery and HBO guardian firm WarnerMedia, Zaslav pushed to scale back authentic content material for the HBO Max streaming service.
“Batgirl” wasn’t the one movie scrapped within the course of, as different initiatives together with “Scoob! Holiday Haunt” and “Little Ellen” had been snuffed out, as properly.
Whereas a rating and visible results had but to be accomplished, “Batgirl,” starring Leslie Grace as Batman’s titular counterpart, had already obtained a public take a look at screening when it was shelved. The movie’s administrators, Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi, mentioned they tried to protect a duplicate of the movie however had been unsuccessful.
Fallah and El Arbi advised SKRIPT this week they tried to go browsing to the studio’s server to rescue the footage — solely to find their entry was blocked.
Whereas this week’s “funeral screenings” might be mistaken for a part of an eventual shock rollout and reverse-shelving, that seems to be wishful pondering, in response to The Hollywood Reporter.
Sources advised the outlet that Warner Bros. might probably bodily destroy all “Batgirl” footage so as to show to the IRS that not a cent of income will ever end result from the challenge, in order that the corporate can obtain the total tax write-down.
Finally, Zaslav is aiming to avoid wasting $3 billion in prices on the newly merged firm. Whereas former CEO Jason Kilar labored to flood HBO Max with high-budget fare, Zaslav is attempting to scale back expenditures and prioritize theatrical releases.
Alternatively, some sources advised The Hollywood Reporter that the tides would possibly finally flip. “Batgirl” might theoretically be launched at a later date — however provided that Warner Bros. decides it’s price paying again the movie’s tax legal responsibility.