On August 2nd, there were many articles claiming that Warner Bros. Discovery had canceled the Batgirl movie. There are also rumors that the platform will be deprecated. For distribution of the $90 million known film (i.e. neither the HBO Max platform nor theatrical release).
The Ezra Miller Controversy?
After receiving official notice from Warner Bros. Discovery that the film was being discontinued, supporters were mobilized online to ask the studio to distribute the film. Several people asked. The reason DCEU’s movie The Flash, starring controversial actress Ezra Miller, is released. The film was not canceled after fierce internet debate over whether to release it.
So WB/Discovery cancels the POC-starring film Batgirl.
Ezra Miller assaults 3 women, kidnaps another woman and still hides, but WB/DC doesn’t cancel the Flash.
Not a good look at all.
Another WB/DC L https://t.co/YiLBSAD4vX
— Jimmy Folino #WhoDey 🐅- BLM, StopAsianHate 🏳️🌈 (@MrNiceGuy513) August 2, 2022
Flash still not canceling?
Jimmy Folino (@MrNiceGuy513)’s tweet “WhoDey. BLM, StopAsianHate” raised the question of why The Flash, starring Ezra Miller, came out. It was not canceled despite the appearance of an actress of color Batgirl. It has raped two women, kidnapped another, and is still active, but the WB/DC tweets that it will not cancel the Flash, which is not attractive at all.
Manager Adil El Arbi and manager Billall Fallah issued statements about their cancellation. #bat girl movie.
— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) August 3, 2022
The hiring of project directors Adil El Arbi and Billall Fallah was announced in May of last year. At the time, it was scheduled to debut as DC’s first HBO Max original production. Leslie Grace returns as superheroes with Barbara Gordon in the film, and veteran Hollywood actor Michael Keaton returns as Bruce Wayne/Batman. An antagonist known as Firefly was also due to be played by Brendan Fraser.
Batgirl incurs additional marketing costs
While this was going on, media such as Variety reported that the studio’s new management believed that Batgirl’s merger with Discovery would incur additional marketing costs. The new administration was able to secure several projects for Ben Affleck to return to the Batman role. According to Aquaman star Jason Momoa, Affleck will return to the roles of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom before starring in the upcoming The Flash movie.
The fact that DC is willing to cancel the film Batgirl, which has ZERO production issues to save some money, but didn’t cancel the Flash despite the film’s production being a complete nightmare and the main character being toxic… It’s bizarre indeed.
— aimée ☆ JLI Public Relations Manager (@sapphyreblayze) August 2, 2022
Canceling Batgirl because it’s not a “big event movie” but keeping The Flash after all the Ezra Miller news is the WILD choice.
— Nick (@mainmarvel) August 2, 2022