Film fans have been left stunned at Warner Bros axing Batgirl, especially considering The Flash, starring Ezra Miller, still appears to be going ahead.
The star-studded blockbuster boasted a stellar cast, with In The Heights actress Leslie Grace playing the titular superheroine alongside the likes of Michael Keaton, Brendan Fraser and JK Simmons.
Filming was recently completed on the project and it was officially in post-production, set to drop on streaming service HBO Max later this year. However WB has confirmed the film will not see the light of day – meaning no theatrical release or streaming release.
Yet there’s been no news on The Flash, produced by the same studio, despite the controversy surrounding Miller, including his two arrests in Hawaii.
One fan wrote: ‘WB not cancelling The Flash after all the Ezra Miller bulls**t but they cancel Batgirl????? HUH?????’
‘The fact that DC are willing to cancel Batgirl, a movie that’s had ZERO production issues, just to supposedly save a bit of money, but haven’t cancelled The Flash despite that movie’s production being an utter nightmare and its main star being toxic… it’s genuinely bizarre,’ another said.
One more added: ‘If they can cancel a completed movie just like that why is the flash still on schedule despite the ezra miller scandal?’ while another said: ‘They filmed this movie and still chose to cancel it BUT the lead of the flash movie is running away from the law and they still won’t cancel that movie.’
Batgirl had an estimated budget of $80million (£66million), which rose to $90million (£73million) due to Covid-19 protocols.
A spokesperson for WB Discovery said: ‘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.’
The Flash actor Miller was arrested for several instances of violence and disorderly conduct while in Hawaii. Miller was released after paying their $500 bail (£380).
More recently, the actor has faced allegations of grooming a child from the age of 12 and has been accused of hosting a woman and three young children at their farm in an ‘unsafe environment.’
They have also since been accused of harassing a woman in her own home after they allegedly refused to leave her apartment following an argument about them smoking indoors.
Despite that, the actor is understood to still be appearing in the 2023 flick as Barry Allen/The Flash (although they won’t star in DC films beyond that).
The actor has not commented on their legal troubles.Credit: Source