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03rd Aug 2022

New DC movie Batgirl cancelled despite already being made

Stephen Porzio

The $90 million superhero flick may never be released.

Batgirl, an already-shot superhero movie intended to be part of the DC Extended Universe, has had its release date cancelled.

Reportedly costing $90 million to make, the Warner Bros film was set to star Leslie Grace (In the Heights) as the title character, alongside Brendan Fraser as the villain, Firefly.

Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Bad Boys for Life, Ms. Marvel), the movie would have also seen the return of Michael Keaton as Batman and J.K. Simmons as James Gordon.

“The decision to not release Batgirl reflects our leadership’s strategic shift as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max,” a Warner Bros. Picture spokesperson said in a statement.

“Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actor and this decision is not a reflection of her performance… We hope to collaborate with everyone again in the near future.”

Batgirl was made specifically to be released on HBO Max, the streaming service owned by Warner Bros.

However, it is reported that since the movie was greenlit in 2021, the company has switched its focus to making DC movies major cinematic events.

Meanwhile, the New York Post – which broke the story of Batgirl’s cancellation – says a source told the outlet that the film has already test screened for audiences and was poorly received.

If it goes unreleased, Batgirl will be one of the most expensive shelved movies of all time.

Main image via Twitter/Leslie Grace