There’s only one picture left as proof of what was supposed to be a new franchise. Warner Bros. confirmed that the anticipated superhero movie “Batgirl” would never get a release, either in theaters or on HBO Max.
Fans build all kinds of theories about what happened. Allegedly, the first screenings were so unsuccessful that the top studio bluntly decided it can’t even be fixed with reshoots. Despite spending more than $70 million on the shootings, the picture was shelved.
The plot of the film was about Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Commissioner Gordon. The girl decides to follow in Batman's footsteps and help fight crime in Gotham. The film was directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, with a screenplay written by Christina Hodson. Leslie Grace played the lead role in the film, J.K. Simmons returned to the role of Commissioner Gordon, and Michael Keaton was meant to come back as Batman.
The official statement was not long “The decision to not release Batgirl reflects our leadership’s strategic shift as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max. Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actor and this decision is not a reflection of her performance. We are incredibly grateful to the filmmakers!”
It seems that we are faced with the most expensive cinematic cancellation ever. But not the only one. Warner Bros. completely cancelled the release of the new Scooby-Doo movie called “Scoob!: Holiday Haunt”. The production cost $40 million.The cartoon itself was also supposed to appear on HBO Max.