At Warner Bros. there wasn’t even the courtesy of giving the Batgirl cast and creative team a bat signal that their film was locked in Arkham.
The poor actors and directors of DC Comics’ discontinued film were not informed that their $100 million project was shelved by the studio.
Actors including Leslie Grace, Brendan Fraser and Michael Keaton only learned the bad news after The New York Post published it. broke history that a largely completed DC movie won’t hit theaters or air on HBO Max.
Nobody will ever see this movie.
The Post turned to Warner Bros. for comments.
“They had no idea the film was being shelved,” an industry source said of the stunned workers. “It’s a giant problem.”
The irate actors privately told their crews that the unfortunate situation was “humiliating” and “disappointing” – finding their work would never be seen and being forced to read the news online hours after the rest of the world already knew.
Frazier was still answering questions about his role as Firefly in the film on stage at GalaxyCon in Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday.
On social media Grace, the talented star of film musical Lin-Manuel Miranda in the heights, revealingly posted a video clip with the song Taylor Swift Get rid of it to her Instagram story.
Directors Bilal Fallah and Adil El Arbi were also in the dark.
They released a joint statement on social media today, saying, “We are shocked and saddened by the news. We still can’t believe it.”
After The Post broke Bat Girl story, Variety reported that movie was killed for tax purposes and to avoid marketing costs. The magazines correctly noted that Warner Bros. CEO. Discovery David Zaslav is abandoning the old strategy of direct releases for streaming.
However, a film industry source insisted that the film’s quality was part of the equation and said its screen test scores were “in the 30s” (out of 100).
“Of course, if it was good, they would release it,” they added. “They think Batgirl is a very important character and they can’t put her in a huge dog.”
Besides, streaming was not on the table anyway. HBO Max didn’t lose, I was told Bat Girl He had zero interest in the film. Casey Bloys, director of content for HBO and HBO Max, didn’t want it near his streaming service, and instead the movie was headed for theaters.
The Post has reached out to HBO for comment.
The canceled film has turned into a huge mess for the studio, fans online are demanding the film be released, and the fiasco is made all the more egregious by the film being led by a Hispanic actress surrounded by a diverse cast and directors.
And co-chairman of Warner Bros. Mike De Luca is said to be ill-equipped to deal with a situation as blatant as rough and awkward as this one.
“He is known for his complete inability to deliver bad news,” an industry source said. “He doesn’t like confrontation. Scared little rabbit.”
The WB, according to showbiz insiders, has gone from being one of the best studios for talent to a studio that routinely neglects them.
When then-Warner Media CEO Jason Kilar moved the studio’s entire 2021 film roster to HBO Max, big stars weren’t informed of the huge change either, including Oscar winner Denzel Washington, who starred in his crime drama. Small things.
To apologize to Denzel, the WB wrote him a check for $50 million, an industry source said.
This story originally appeared on Page six and is published here with permission.