Earlier this week, we got the confirmation that Warner Bros. has trashed their upcoming Batgirl movie. This is a wild move due to the fact that they spent over 70 million bucks on the movie, and had completely wrapped up filming. Warner Bros. According to reports, Discovery decided to scrap this movie because they are attempting to give the DC universe a rebranding.
The CEO of Discovery, David Zaslav, has said, “Our ambition is to bring Warner back and produce high quality films”. It seems that Batgirl didn’t fit into their ambition and I agree, as this movie was going to be set in a super convoluted space. I agree with them canning this movie, as I think they should focus on rebranding their big names instead of creating more of a convoluted mess. Batgirl herself, Leslie Grace, seems to have taken the news lightly. Grace has come out and said, “On the heels of the recent news about our movie Batgirl, I am proud of the love, hard work, and intention all of our incredible cast and tireless crew put into this film over seven months in Scotland… . I feel blessed to have worked among absolute greats and forged relationships for a lifetime in the process!”
After the merger of Warner Bros and Discovery, I hoped for a redo of any kind, due to the extremely low quality movies that have come from DC so far. My prayers have been answered as Zaslav said, “We have done a reset. We’ve restricted the business, where there’s going to be a team with a 10-year plan focusing just on DC.” He goes on to say that it’s going to be a similar plan that has worked for Kevin Feige at Marvel.
With this news it looks like the end for Henry Cavail’s superman, which is an incredible decision as that Superman is a terrible depiction of the character and is not beloved like he should be. Hopefully the same could be said for Ben Affleck’s Batman, but he will most likely be in the upcoming Flash movie. The Flash movie will most likely be the answer to a complete reboot of the DCEU or at least it’s how they will justify the changes Zaslav will make. I’m extremely excited to see DC go in this new direction with its live action movies, but time will tell if it’s worth the hype.
By Gary Langfield Jr. Senior, The Noble Academy