More details about Batgirl’s test screening have been revealed thanks to a new report, potentially knocking down any lingering ideas that Warner Bros. Discovery’s decision to scrap the DC movie was due to quality control.
“A very early version” of Batgirl, complete with temporary effects and score, was screened to the public according to The Hollywood Reporter. (opens in a new tab). The solitary screening received a viewership score in the low 60s. By comparison, both It and Shazam scored in the ’60s during test screenings, which did little to hurt their box office success. According to sources close to industry trade, Batgirl would “recover more of its budget as a tax cut than as a theatrical release or HBO Max”, which may have contributed to its cancellation.
Warner Bros. Discovery issued its own statement, pointing to a “strategic shift” behind the move to Can Batgirl.
“The decision not to release Batgirl reflects the strategic shift in our leadership as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max,” the statement read, according to Deadline. (opens in a new tab). Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actress and this decision is not a reflection of her performance. We are incredibly grateful to the makers of Batgirl and Scoob! Holiday Haunt and their respective casts and we look forward to collaborating with everyone again in the near future. “
The fallout from Batgirl’s cancellation has continued in recent days. DC fans reacted to the “ridiculous” decision to scrap the near-finished film, while directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah were “saddened and shocked” at the news.
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