In a surprising turn of events, Warner Bros. will no longer be released Bat girl, the DC series has completed filming and is scheduled to air on HBO Max this year. The unusual move comes after a leadership change at Warners, with the newly created CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, David Zaslav, prioritizes cost-cutting measures and refocusing Warners on theatrical films over creating projects for live streaming, as has been a priority for previous WarnerMedia CEOs Jason Kilar.
Bat girl was budgeted around $80 million, with costs rising to nearly $90 million due to the COVID-19 protocol. That’s a hefty sum, but significantly less than DC’s theatrical showings, so the film arguably doesn’t have the spectacle audiences have come to expect from DC’s ticket prices. (Batmanreleased in March, had a budget of $185 million, excluding marketing costs.) Warners has also decided to postpone the $40 million animated film. Scoob !: Holiday Haunting.
Insiders say that big-budget movies made direct-to-stream no longer make sense under the company’s new strategy.
In June, Zazlav tapped MGM’s Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy to run Warners, replacing Toby Emmerich.
Bat girl star In The Heights Breakthrough Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon / Batgirl and praise from Ugly for life filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. The film’s cast also includes Michael Keaton, returning as Batman, JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, and Brendan Fraser.
Under Kilar’s lead, Warners broke the theater window, sending the date and month of 2021 to HBO Max in a year-long trial.
More will come.