October 2, 2022

Warner Bros. Considering a New Batgirl Project for Leslie Grace (Read More)

Despite the controversial decision to shelve the HBO Max’s Batgirl movie, Warner Bros. Discovery reportedly still wants Leslie Grace to wear the cowl. Following Warner Bros.’s shocking move to cancel Batgirl, the studio reportedly wants to bring Leslie Grace back as Barbara Gordon.
In the new Variety piece about the confused state of the DCEU, it’s reported that new Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav abandoned the original straight-to-streaming plan for less prominent DC characters, including Batgirl, Wonder Twins and Blue Beetle.

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While Blue Beetle will get a theatrical release, Batgirl was outright shelved. But new studio chiefs Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy are reportedly seeking to “mend fences” with Grace to potentially have her remain as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl for either a new standalone project, an appearance in a future DCEU movie or another original WB project.

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Part of the cancellation of Batgirl was said to be the result of a poor test screening, with the test audience describing the movie as a “bad episode of TV.” Rather than spend more money on reshoots to improve its quality, the studio opted to cut its losses and never allow the movie to see the light of day. The reaction was swift from Batgirl directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah as well as Batgirl star Grace. Will Leslie Grace Return to the DCEU? “I feel blessed to have worked among absolute greats and forged relationships for a lifetime in the process,” Grace said.

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“To every Batgirl fan – THANK YOU for the love and belief, allowing me to take on the cape and become, as Babs said best, ‘my own damn hero!'” Grace’s co-stars Jacob Scipio and Ivory Aquino reacted to the cancellation by sharing behind-the-scenes photos from the movie. Even DC Films president Walter Hamada nearly quit his job. But Hamada opted to stay in his position until the release of Black Adam in October. One of the few people in the film industry who spoke in defense of WB’s decision was Blumhouse Productions boss Jason Blum.

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“I was surprised by it, but I understood why they chose to do it,” Blum said. “You have a new management, so they want a new start and to brand DC in a certain way.” While Batgirl’s future in the DCEU remains to be seen, WBD will be moving forward with Joker: Folie a Deux starring Oscar-winner Joaquin Phoenix, who will team up with Lady Gaga. Additionally, the studio still has a future HBO Max exclusive Black Canary movie with Jurnee Smollett reprising her role from 2020’s Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.

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