A film on the verge of completion with a budget of up to $90 million already spent on it is not coming to our screens after a sudden announcement that it's going to be scrapped.
This is the fate of the Batgirl movie, which had finished filming and was in post-production ahead of an expected release later this year.
The movie will now never see the light of day, with Warner Bros announcing that it won't be appearing in cinemas or even released on streaming service HBO Max.
Fans are understandably fuming at this sudden decision, and plenty of them are particularly miffed that one of Brendan Fraser's big cinematic comebacks has been scuppered.
This movie was meant to be one of the key pillars of the 'Brenaissance', the actor's big comeback after his career seemed to stall when he made allegations of being sexually abused.
I’m not that upset over the loss of potentially The Flash but damn keep Leslie Grace as Batgirl and Brendan Fraser as Firefly. pic.twitter.com/vvxKVgLHMT— dean🦇 (@knightmovess) August 3, 2022
$90m to be shelved when it is nearly finished and Brendan Fraser is tipped to get beaten to death with awards for The Whale makes no sense. Even if it is awful just put it on Max and get something back from it. https://t.co/A8F8U69PQw— why? (@Csqur) August 2, 2022
Fraser was supposed to play comic book villain Firefly, an arsonist who terrorises Gotham City with a flamethrower, and people are furious that they're not going to see his performance.
Batgirl was also going to bring back JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and see the triumphant return of Michael Keaton as Batman 30 years after he last donned the cape and cowl in Batman Returns.
Fans are not happy that they've been robbed of seeing Fraser back in cinemas, with one writing that is 'makes no sense' for the film to be scrapped, while another wrote 'how dare they keep a movie where Brendan Fraser plays a DC villain away from us'.
More people joined in to express their disappointment that 'we'll never get to see Brendan Fraser as a super villain', as plenty were convinced he 'was going to be incredible'.
How dare they keep a movie where Brendan Fraser plays a DC villain away from us. https://t.co/Gice2QEV53— Rafael Motamayor (@RafaelMotamayor) August 2, 2022
The biggest bummer of Batgirl getting scrapped is that we’ll never get to see Brendan Fraser as a super villain pic.twitter.com/OrLjuNIS5z— Matt Landsman (@MattLandsman) August 2, 2022
According to Variety, the reason Batgirl has been scrapped is because it was seen as not big enough to be released in movies but not small enough to be streaming service only.
They report that putting the movie in cinemas would have cost them tens of millions more in marketing, so instead it has been suggested Warner Bros are writing the movie off for tax purposes.
If that is the case then Warner Bros is not allowed to make any money off the film, meaning it will never appear in cinemas or on streaming and they can't even sell the footage to another studio.
Also scrapped is Scoob! Holiday Haunt, the sequel to the 2020 animated film.
Warner Bros Discovery issued a statement over scrapping Batgirl, explaining their decision not to release the movie.
It read: "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."
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