Many people consider the cancellation of Batgirl the start of one of the worst trends in modern Hollywood. However, according to Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, it was a decision that took “real courage.”
The cancellation of the Batgirl movie starring Leslie Grace, an almost entirely completed film, is one of the most controversial decisions in recent Hollywood history. Not only were many outraged on the face of it, but it also led to the scrapping of multiple other films for tax write-offs — including Scoob! Holiday Haunt and Coyote Vs. Acme.
However, not everyone sees the cancellation of Batgirl as a bad thing. Specifically, it seems Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav stands by his decision to shelf the film for tax write-offs, saying that it took real courage to decide which pieces of “content” will help the company win going into the future:
“What content is going to help us win? The content that wasn’t, we made a strategic decision on. It was difficult and it was painful,” David Zaslav spoke at a recent summit. “But I think it was the right decision for the company and it was necessary. The question is, should we take certain of these movies and open them in the theater and spend another $30 [million] or $40 million to promote them?. When I look at the health of our company today, we needed to make those decisions. And it took real courage.”
While the idea of referring to any art as “content” is certain to leave a rancid taste in any creative’s mouth, many people question David Zaslav’s true resolve to put out content that “helps them win.” Given that 2023 has been full of flops for every major company, including WBD with bombs like The Flash, the claims of strategy ring hollow to many people’s ears.
Is Leslie Grace coming back as Batgirl?
Reports at the time of the Batgirl cancellation indicated that Warner Bros. Pictures Group co-chiefs Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy are considering having Leslie Grace appear as Barbara Gordon in other DC Comics movies. For now, Grace’s Batgirl future remains in doubt as James Gunn and Peter Safran continue mapping out the future of the DC Universe.
Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah were the directors of the Batgirl movie, working from a script by Christina Hodson, the writer behind Birds of Prey and The Flash. Its cast also included J. K. Simmons as James Gordon, Jacob Scipio as Anthony Bressi, Ivory Aquino as Alysia Yeoh and Brendan Fraser as Firefly. Rebecca Front, Corey Johnson and Ethan Kai were also on board in undisclosed role.
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Source: AV Club