Cancellation of ‘Batgirl’ and ‘Scoob!: Holiday Haunt’ at Warner Bros. In the midst of a cost-saving campaign

In a surprising development, Warner Bros. will not be launching. bat girl, the DC movie that has already finished shooting and was expected to hit HBO Max this year. The unusual move follows a change of leadership at Warners, with the appointment of Warner Bros.’ CEO. Discovery, David Zaslav, who prioritized cost-cutting measures and refocused Warner on creating theatrical films rather than broadcast projects, as was a priority for former Warner Media CEO Jason Keeler.

bat girl The budget has been allocated around $80 million, with costs rising to nearly $90 million due to COVID-19 protocols. It’s a hefty sum, but far less than the DC theatrical releases, and thus the movie is said to not have the spectacle that audiences have come to expect of DC fare. (Batmanreleased in March, with a budget of $185 million, before marketing costs.) Warners has also decided to suspend the animation feature. Scoop!: Holiday Huntwhich had a budget of about 40 million dollars.

bat girl stars in the heights Breakout Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl – the first Latina to play the role – and hails from Bad boys for life The directors, Adel Al-Arabi and Bilal Falah. Her cast also includes Michael Keaton, who appeared as Batman, JK Simmons as Barbara’s father, Commissioner James Gordon, and Brendan Fraser as the villain Firefly. The New York Post first mentioned bat girl will be cancelled.

Insiders say big-budget movies made straight to stream no longer make financial sense under the company’s new strategy. In June, Zaslav selected MGM’s Michael de Luca and Pamela Abdi to manage the Warners, replacing Toby Emmerich.

It was the leadership of Warner Bros. Discovery is looking to save $3 billion in costs after the WarnerMedia and Discovery merger, which closed in April. Major cuts along the way for the group included streaming service CNN+, which cost $300 million before pulling the plug a month after launch, and JJ Abrams’ expensive original HBO. Dimondwhich aims to have a budget of more than $ 200 million.

Meanwhile, HBO Max has shrunk the focus of its programming for originals, shredding Gordita records After one season as part of a strategic shift away from children’s and family programming. Linear networks have also been cut under the Warner Bros. umbrella. Discovery has represented TNT and TBS in recent months.

Under Keeler’s leadership, Warner smashed the theatrical window, sending its 2021 day and date roster to HBO Max for a one-year trial. Now, Zaslav seems to be completely changing his face in emphasizing the importance of theater more than broadcast in terms of the original films.

bat girl He traveled a winding road up to this point. Joss Whedon initially signed on to write and direct in 2017, then dropped out a year later. bat girl’Its directors, operating under the name Adil & Bilall, stepped up in 2021 as they were excited to revitalize bad boys Franchise business.

In January this year, Grace Share first look photo About herself in costume, with a comic book quote Batgirl: 1 year: “I use their expectations against them. That would be their weakness. Not mine. Let them all underestimate me… and when their wariness decreases, and their pride increases, let me kick their butts.”


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