The DC Extended Universe faced many problems in its past, and it seems like problems just keep coming. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. has decided to cancel Batgirl, the upcoming movie starring Leslie Grace in the titular role, which was in the final stages of post-production. The movie was set to be an exclusive for the HBOMax streaming platform, but WB now has no plans to release the movie in theaters on streaming.
The movie was first announced at the DC FanDome event, along with Blue Beetle, which is currently in production and set to be released in theaters in August 2023. Batgirl was directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, and it starred Leslie Grace in the titular role, alongside Brendan Fraser, who was set to portray the villain Firefly, JK Simmons was set to return as DCEU’s James Gordon, and Michael Keaton was set to make his return as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Judging from the cast, the movie was promising a lot, but now we won’t see the final product.
In April 2022, WB and Discovery merged to form a new company with David Zaslav. Zaslav revealed that the company has plans with their subsidiary production company DC Films, and according to the report, Batgirl was no longer in their plans for the future of the franchise. The movie’s production cost the company around $90 million.