News broke this week that Warner Bros has “delayed” an upcoming comic book movie. Bat Girl.
The unexpected move means the $100 million film, which has already been filmed, will never be released on streaming services as previously planned.
Initial reports suggested that the problem lay in the quality of the film – presumably it was so bad that it was declared “unrecoverable”.
Subsequent reports suggested that the studio had effectively abandoned it due to cynical tax considerations.
This was stated by a representative of Warner Bros. Official statement what a choice in scrap Bat Girl was due to a “strategic shift regarding the DC Universe and HBO Max”.
Whatever the real reason, the sudden cut left the cast and crew of the DC movie stunned and moviegoers outraged.
“We are saddened and shocked by this news,” directors Adil El Arbi and Bilal Fallah wrote in their response to the film’s cancellation.
“We still can’t believe it. As directors, it is very important that our work is shown to the audience, and although the film is far from complete, we want fans around the world to have the opportunity to see and accept the final film for themselves.
“Maybe someday they will.”
As a DC fan and movie buff, I hope the directors are right. Let’s watch the movie, evaluate it ourselves and maybe even enjoy it. Honestly, how bad can it be?
It’s not that the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) has a history of releasing only certified masterpieces. Unlike its Marvel counterpart, the DCEU includes several completely worthless films, all of which were produced by Warner Bros.
You may remember, for example, 1997. Batman and Robin.
Considered the lowest-rated Batman movie ever (12 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), it’s filled with terrible dialogue (Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Mr. Freeze’s “Who Killed the Dinosaurs? Ice Age!”), terrible costumes (batsuit nipples!) and terrible production design.
Coincidentally, it also marked the cinematic debut of Batgirl, played by Alicia Silverstone in a supporting role.
How about 2004 Catwoman? The film was a feline astrophy and its main star Halle Berry was so poor that Razzie won.
Or how about 2011 Green Lantern? The movie that was supposed to launch the DCEU was visually stunning, over-engineered, and poorly written.
All three films had clearly obvious flaws and have gone down in history as some of the worst superhero films of all time. No one at Warner Bros interfered with their release to the general public.
How many different iterations of Batman have we seen over the years, and of very different quality? The studio never stopped producing them.
This was the first time we were going to see Batgirl in the title role – an intriguing premise. The film has already been filmed. If any bad movie could be saved, this was it.
For now this is it is a film, and not any of the above misfits, that falls victim to Warner Bros.’s obvious quality standards.
According to Hollywood Reporter, Bat Girl scored about 60 points in his only test screening.
It’s not a star rating but how THR It is noted that test screenings are not the final judgment of a film, and other films with comparable test scores have been successful at the box office. Wildly successful, in some cases. Stephen King adaptation itfor example, grossed over US$700 million worldwide.
If the studio was so concerned Bat Girl If you wanted to save the DCEU, why not shelve the film and start reshoots?
So it was with other films based on comics: Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness (nearly US$1 billion at the box office), 2019 X-Men: Dark Phoenix (US$250 million) and 2015 Fantastic Four (US$168 million) to name but a few.
None of them were masterpieces, but they were released and DCEU fans should have appreciated them.
These are all directors. Bat Girl wanted. They were denied that chance for reasons that increasingly sound like they have more to do with money than with passion or concern for the source material.
May be Bat Girl it is the catastrophe of which it was first described. Let’s find out. Put it on streaming services. Give us a chance to look it up and decide for ourselves.