According to Variety, the film—which had a $90 million budget—was going through test screenings when the call was made to throw out the entire thing so Warner Bros. Discovery could take it as a tax write-down to recoup some of the costs.
Warner Bros. Discovery is in the midst of a company reshuffle, and Batgirl seems to be a relic of an old regime within the company.
Some reports also show that the test screenings were “disastrous” so the studio decided to “cut its losses and run, for the sake of the brand’s future.”
There have also been rumors of the cancellation of an upcoming Supergirl project, and The Flash may be next on the chopping block.
With Batgirl already cancelled, Supergirl is rumoured to be next. Wonder how long it’ll be before The Flash gets the chop too? pic.twitter.com/qFpl8nQVUv
— The Critical Drinker (@TheCriticalDri2) August 4, 2022
Spokespeople for Warner Bros. and Warner Bros. Discovery have declined to comment on the situation, but there has been a lot of speculation on social media surrounding the event.
It is extremely unusual for a company to just throw away a nearly completed project, and some speculate that this is a sign of change within the super-woke industry.
You heard it here first. Big entertainment wants free of its woke captors. Struggle coming.
— Walter Kirn (@walterkirn) July 23, 2022
If this is the case, Warner Bros. may not be the only company making these changes.
Recently, Netflix told their employees to go work somewhere else if the content is not to their liking.
“Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles you perceive to be harmful,” the company said in a memo. “If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you.”
That, and the recent success of Top Gun: Maverick have also drawn the eyes of Hollywood elites.
Hollywood has figured out woke-free movies pay off big time.
Those who are Awake reject leftist agendas, Marxism, anti-Americanism. The woke won’t get our dollars or votes.
Vote June 28th or make a plan to vote in person early! Reject woke and only vote for Awake Republicans! pic.twitter.com/dvLnnwzCPL
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