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Warner Bros. finally made a statement on the final cancellation two multi-million dollar projects, bat girl and Scoob! Holiday destination. Basically, according to Deadlinethe decision comes from a desire to revitalize DC Extended Universeand some of the characters reveal and plot points in bat girl did not correspond to the larger theatrical strategy for the comic book franchise.

Stepping away from former Warner Bros ex’s strategyexecutive Jason Kilar tried to push during the pandemic, the new management of Warner Bros. decided that streaming subscriber growth was no longer a major focus for the company, stating that stakeholders would rather see theatrical profits than subscription numbers. Essentially, the company scrapped both films in order to help balance the books, a move executives called “purchase accounting.”

The whole thing is a confusing discussion that feels like an entirely reductive “cut our losses” strategy that devalues ​​the work of the artists who put so much time and effort into these films. bat girl also had a huge roster of supporting talent with Leslie Grace, JK Simmons, Brendan Fraser and Michael Keaton.

Although the studio said it was an unusual move, it throws some people for a loop. Apart from the optics of canceling the Latina-led film, the decision also raised concerns about the fate of films like blue beetle and black canarywho both feel at the same level of production as Bat Girl-and not really designed to “compete with massive DC blockbusters”.

Warner Bros. Discovery released this statement, taken from the original article: “The decision not to publish bat girl reflects the strategic shift in our leadership with respect to the DC Universe and HBO Max. Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actress and this decision does not reflect on her performance. We are extremely grateful to the filmmakers of bat girl and Scoob! Holiday destination and their respective actors and we hope to collaborate with everyone again in the near future.

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