When Warner Bros. Discovery shelved Batgirl, the HBO Max movie that would’ve teamed Leslie Grace’s Batgirl with Michael Keaton’s Batman, it came as an immense shock to everyone and resulted in some killer backlash.,
According to studio boss David Zaslav, the movie was shelved because it was rubbish. Today, Variety confirmed with co-CEO Peter Safran that the movie was indeed not fit to show.
“I saw the movie, and there are a lot of incredibly talented people in front of and behind the camera on that film. But that film was not releasable, and it happens sometimes. That film was not releasable. I actually think that Zaslav and the team made a very bold and courageous decision to cancel it because it would have hurt DC. It would have hurt those people involved.”
Safran said they’ll incorporate the Batgirl character into the studio’s future slate but it’s too early to tell whether Grace will return to the role.
“I spoke to Adil [El Arbi] and Bilall [Fallah] — the directors — last week, we were chatting. We’d love to be in business with all those folks. Christina Hodson wrote it. Some people are already back in business with us. As I said, a lot of talented people were involved, but the film just was not releasable. It would not have been able to compete in the theatrical marketplace; it was built for the small screen. So, again, I think it was not an easy decision, but they made the right decision by shelving it.”