Following Warner Bros. Discovery’s last-minute cancellation of Leslie Grace’s Batgirl, the studio may also be scrapping plans for Sasha Calle’s Supergirl movie.
Earlier this week, Warner Bros. Discovery made the shocking announcement that Batgirl would not be released. The film was largely complete and, after being upgraded from its early status as an HBO Max exclusive, was scheduled for a theatrical release at the end of this year.
Supergirl was set to follow Sasha Calle’s incarnation of the DC character, spinning off from her debut in next year’s The Flash. While The Flash now faces some uncertainty, things are looking bleak for Supergirl.
Warner Bros. Discovery Vs. The DCEU
Batgirl would have introduced Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon, daughter to J.K. Simmons’ Commissioner Jim Gordon, who was introduced in 2017’s Justice League, while Supergirl would have tied into Ezra Miller’s The Flash, theoretically making both movies part of the DCEU.
The DCEU began with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, continuing with Snyder’s other DC films, as well as the Wonder Woman and Aquaman series. DC is no longer working with Snyder and parent company Warner Bros. Discovery attributed Batgirl‘s cancellation to their “strategic shift as it relates to the DC universe.” This could suggest DC is moving away from the so-called SnyderVerse.
According to a new report from Rolling Stone, a Warner Bros. Discovery insider has said Supergirl is not likely to move forward. The Sasha Calle movie is currently in development at the studio. If true, this could hail the end of DC’s current continuity.
The Flash itself is facing issues due to star Ezra Miller facing a wide range of allegations of abuse, harassment, grooming and child endangerment. However, the film’s $200 million budget far exceeds Batgirl‘s $90 million, making it harder to recoup losses if the film is not released.
The Flash is expected to reboot DC continuity to some extent, which may explain how the company plans to abandon the SnyderVerse while evidently retaining some elements of it – the upcoming Shazam! Fury of the Gods apparently takes place in the DCEU, judging by the costume worn by Superman in his faceless cameo in the first Shazam! movie.
Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam also presumably takes place in this same continuity and rumors continue to circulate that the company is eyeing Henry Cavill for a return as Superman. While Sasha Calle’s Supergirl may join Batgirl in cancellation, it looks like DC isn’t entirely starting from scratch.
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Source: Rolling Stone