Batgirl will likely not see the light of day despite having mostly completed filming. While the movie will forever be known as a victim of the Warner Bros. Discovery merger, reports say Batgirl will be shown on the WB lot for cast and crew as a “funeral screening.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “funeral screenings” will be held in secret for people who have worked on the movie, cast, crew, and executives as a way to send off the movie before it likely gets locked away in a vault.
Following cost-cutting measures by Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, it was announced that the studio will shelve Batgirl, a movie that cost $90 million and mostly finished filming, in order to receive a tax write-down.
The film starred Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon and also featured Michael Keaton as Batman, JK Simmons as Jim Gordon, and Brendan Fraser as the film’s villain, Firefly.
Any attempts to revive Batgirl similar to the way Zack Snyder revived Justice League have been shut down as attempts to do so could negate the tax write-down WB Discovery is trying to get by scrapping the movie. Furthermore, neither directors Adil El Arbi nor Bilall Fallah even has access to the movie anymore.
Instead, Batgirl will likely be locked away for good in the vaults, a fate shared by other Warner Bros. properties like the disastrous original pilot for Game of Thrones, and the pilot for the canceled spinoff Bloodmoon.
WB Discovery’s cost-cutting measures have extended beyond Batgirl and several other films have either been shelved or removed from HBO Max.
Matt T.M. Kim is Reso’s News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd.