Warner Bros. Shelves ‘Batgirl’ after Spending $90 Million

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Brendan Fraser fans are not happy about the decision to abandon ‘Batgirl’

Warner Bros. announced this week that the Batgirl film, which was set to bring the DC Comics character to the big screen, has been canceled. This comes after filming wrapped and the studio was said to have spent $90 million on its production. The worst part? Brendan Fraser’s big screen comeback as the villainous Firefly dies with it.

Batgirl, which was slated for release on HBO Max this year, would have also featured rising star Leslie Grace (In the Heights) in the title role and Michael Keaton reprising his role as Batman. “The decision to not release ‘Batgirl’ reflects our leadership’s strategic shift as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement on Tuesday.

The original intent of Batgirl when it was announced in 2021 was to provide new superhero content for the HBO Max streaming service. Now, with WarnerMedia’s merger with Discovery Inc, apparently its DC superheroes are only good enough if they star in blockbusters specifically on the big screen, a head-scratcher given the popularity of streaming services and low theater attendance. Batgirl, it seems, was not worthy.

Brendan Fraser fans who have been waiting patiently to see his return to movies are less than thrilled:

 

Brendan Fraser wasn’t new to the universe, having worked with Warner Bros. in the past in the HBO Max series Doom Patrol, but fans were ready to see him take on the role of pyromaniac Firefly in this latest film.

“We are saddened and shocked by the news. We still can’t believe it,” Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah said in a statement Wednesday. “As directors, it is critical that our work be shown to audiences, and while the film was far from finished, we wish that fans all over the world would have had the opportunity to see and embrace the final film themselves. Maybe one day they will insha’Allah (if God wills).”

The directors said it was a “privilege and an honor” to work on the film, “even if it was for a brief moment,” signing their statement, “Batgirl For Life.”

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