Even though the film was putting final stages of post-production, Deadline has confirmed that Warner Bros.and DC Films will not be releasing its Batgirl movie on any platform, including theatrically. This falls in line with the new mandate put down by the new WB regime to cut back on the feature films premiering on the streamer and deciding what films will be released theatrically and which ones will be shelved and sources close to the project say word came down this week that this film did not make the cut.
Warner Bros. had no comment.
The film starred Leslie Grace in the titular role, Brendan Frasier and Michael Keaton reprising his Bruce Wayne part and was expected to bow sometime in 2023. As for the exact reason behind the shelving, sources say the film did not fall in line with the new strategy being implemented by DC Films as well as HBO Max. The studio is looking to make theatrical tentpoles with budgets at $90 million plus and from early footage seen this did not fall into place with that model (Batgirl was greenlit at $70 million budget.)
The decision follows seven recent changes across company including major changes to HBO Max with more expected with the upcoming earnings call later this week. The New York Post first reported the news.