DC Studios Co-Head Says Batgirl Movie Was Unsalvageable, Would Have Hurt DC

Leslie Grace as Batgirl/Barbara Gordon for the film, Batgirl

DC Studios co-CEO and co-chairman Peter Safran says that the canceled Batgirl film would have ultimately hurt the overarching DCU franchise.

DC Studios co-chairman and c0-CEO Peter Safran explained why Batgirl would have ultimately hurt the DCU.

Safran told reporters, “Batgirl’s a character that inevitably we will include in our story.” He continued, “On the Batgirl front… I saw the movie, and there are a lot of incredibly talented people in front of and behind the camera on that film. But that film was not releasable, and it happens sometimes. That film was not releasable. I actually think that [President and CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery David] Zaslav and the team made a very bold and courageous decision to cancel it because it would have hurt DC. It would have hurt those people involved.”

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Development on a Batgirl feature film began in 2017 with Joss Whedon, who ultimately left the project. Ms. Marvel directors and producers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah eventually took over as directors withand Leslie Grace starring in the titular role. The film also starred Brendon Frasier as the villainous Firefly and was set to mark the return of Michael Keaton’s Batman to the silver screen. The film was canceled in August 2022 after the vast majority of the project had already been shot and moved into post-production.

The End of Batgirl and the Start of the DCU

In December, Arbi and Fallah confirmed that they were still open to the idea of working with DC Studios in the future and that both Gunn and Safran had reached out to them. Fallah said, “There was so much support from people in the industry. It felt like all the artists were supporting us and that’s great feeling, because you feel like you’re not alone.”

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Regarding the future of the DC Universe on the big and small screens, Gunn posted a video to Twitter on Jan. 31 outlining what he and Safran have in store for the franchise. Their 10-year, two-chapter plan is set to kick off its first half, entitled “Gods & Monsters,” in 2025 with Superman: Legacy. Other films include Swamp Thing, The Authority, The Brave and the Bold, and Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow.

The newly announced films will be joined by five DCU television series. These include the animated Creature Commandos, a live-action Waller series starring Viola Davis set to take place between the first and second seasons of Peacemaker, Lanterns, which will follow both Hal Jordan and John Stewart, a Wonder Woman prequel set on Themyscira entitled Paradise Lost, and a Booster Gold series.

Source: via Yahoo!


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