Why Warner Bros’ Shelved Batgirl & Scoob 2

On the August 3, 2022 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editorial director Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film news writer Ryan Scott to talk about the latest film and tv news, which today centers around Warner Bros’ shelving Batgirl and Scoob 2.

Opening Banter: Peter went to the premiere of Prey last night.

In The News:

  • Ryan: Batgirl Movie Has Been Shelved, And Warner Bros. Has No Plans To Release It
    • Has this ever happened before?
    • Discovery CEO David Zaslav has wasted no time, shutting down CNN Plus a month after it launched and gotten rid of nearly half the entire lineup of The CW.
    • Why Was The Batgirl Movie Canceled? Here's What We Know So Far
      • The bad optics 
        • the film’s creators and star, all people of color, thrown under the bus with rumors that the film was horrible
      • The official statement
        • "The decision to not release Batgirl reflects our leadership's strategic shift as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max. Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actor and this decision is not a reflection of her performance. We are incredibly grateful to the filmmakers of Batgirl and Scoob! Holiday Haunt and their respective casts and we hope to collaborate with everyone again in the near future."
        • Would you work with WB ever again?
        • Scoob 2 Writer 'Heartbroken' Over Warner Bros. Scrapping Film: 'The Movie Is Practically Finished'
      • Accounting loophole
      • Streaming vs theatrical and a changing corporate strategy
      • Brand protection
      • Resetting DC?
        • DC Launches New Website, Drops Comics From URL & Social Handles
    • Will we ever see it?
    • What about The Flash?

 

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