Warner Bros has decided to cancel the DC Comics movie “Batgirl”, following poor reviews from test screenings.
The movie, which reportedly cost up to $100m (£82m) to make, ranks among the most expensive films to have been pulled while in post-production.
It was due in part to Leslie Grace, who played Barbara Gordon or Batgirl, as well as J.K. Simmons, who played her father, Commissioner Jim Gordon.
Brendan Fraser would have been the villain Firefly and Michael Keaton was to reprise his role in Batman.
The film was scheduled to be available on HBO Max, and reports suggested that Warner Bros was considering releasing it in cinemas.
It was scrapped after receiving negative feedback at a screening, which was taking place in anticipation for a late 2022 debut.
A source said to the paper that they believed an unimaginable “Batgirl” was going to be irredeemable.
Warner Bros insiders insist that the decision to cancel the film was not based on quality but on the desire to have a large slate of DC films, according to Variety, an American entertainment news site.
Variety says that the studio has taken a decision to focus its attention on cinematic features and has made this corporate decision.
This is after the film, directed by Adil El Arki and Bilall Fallah in July, didn’t get a mention at DC Comic-Con in San Diego, California.
This highly publicized event will increase exposure for such productions.
Five movies so bad that they were never released
Batgirl has been added to an elite club of movies that were so bad they never got the chance to see the light of day. We take a look at those movies and the Hollywood A-listers that starred in them.
BIG BUGMAN: This animated TV movie would have featured Marlon Brando and Brendan Fraser, who would also have been the villain in Batgirl. Howard Kind (Fraser) was the main character in the movie. He acquired special abilities when he was bitten and bitten by bugs. It was scheduled to be released in 2006 and 2008.
GODS BEHAVIOR BADLY: The 2013 film featured Hollywood stars Christopher Walken (the Greek god Zeus) and John Turturro (the Greek god Hades). It was shown at an Italian film festival, but never released. The Hollywood Reporter described it as a bad Saturday Night Live episode.
NOTHING LASTS FOREVER: This 1984 scifi comedy starred Bill Murray as well as Dan Aykroyd. MGM pulled it shortly before it was released, citing poor reviews from the press.
THE FANTASTIC FOUR – This 1994 unreleased superhero film was inspired by the Marvel Comics superheroes with the same name. The film was never released. Many people believe that Avi Arad, Marvel’s executive, paid millions to producers not to release it in order to protect the brand.
DON’S PLAM: The 2001 black-and white film was starring Leonardo DiCaprio as well as Tobey Maguire. According to reports, Maguire and DiCaprio refused to release it.
Grace stated to Variety in April that she had already spoken with Fallah, El Arbi, and Fallah about a potential Batgirl sequel.
Grace described the film as “crazy stunts, crazy drops.” “She’s a biker chick, so you’re going to see her do a bunch of badassery… There were a lot of long days, but it was so worth it.”
Warner Bros has decided to cancel Batgirl as it is currently deciding what to do about DC adaptation The Flash, due to release in cinemas in 2023.
Multiple allegations of misconduct and abuse have been levelled against Ezra Miller, the film’s star.