(Los Angeles) The directors of Bat girl said Wednesday that they were “shocked” by their studio’s decision not to release the nearly completed $90 million superhero movie.
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Warner Bros. Discovery has chosen to set aside the feature film, already shot, which will not be released in theaters or on the HBO Max digital distribution platform, where it was going to be available in the United States.
Adaptation of the adventures of the DC Comics character, the film starred Leslie Grace in the title role, along with Michael Keaton, who returned to wear the mythical Batman costume.
“We are saddened and shocked by the news. We still can’t believe it,” Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah posted on Instagram.
“As directors, it is essential that our work is shown to the public, and although the film was far from finished, we would have liked the amateurs everyone can see it and understand it”, added the two Belgians.
Much of the post-production work, the stage where, for example, special effects are added, had already been completed.
In their message, the directors, who signed in particular bad boys for lifepaid tribute to the “fantastic actors” who star in the film.
“Anyway, as huge Batman fans since our childhood, it was a privilege and an honor to be a part of (the DC Cinematic Universe), even for a short time. Bat girl forever,” they concluded.
The studio’s decision stunned Hollywood, where film industry insiders said such a cancellation was unprecedented for a nearly completed work that had cost so much money.
Bat girl seems to have been a collateral victim of a change in strategy after the merger between Warner Bros and Discovery.
Warner Bros had planned to produce films intended to be released directly on the HBO Max platform.
But this choice, justified in part by the need to bypass theaters amid the COVID-19 pandemic, was not unanimous, and the studios seem to have backed down after their merger with Discovery.
Bat girl would have been considered too expensive for the belt-tightening digital broadcasting sector, but not spectacular enough for the big screen, condemning it to storage, according to specialists in the field quoted by the magazine variety.