The debate is over Batgirl the sudden and inexplicable cancellation rages. The film, which is set in the DC Extended Universe, has been shelved under new management at Warner Bros. Discovery due to poor screening results. The cancellation raised several questions about WBD’s management decisions, their view of the streaming business, and the overall entertainment decision. Since the film had already undergone primary production and required substantial investment, the cancellation received mixed reactions from fans. On the other hand, the cast and crew of bat girl expressed their disappointment.
Now, thanks to his podcast, The cityMatthew Belloni shed light on potential plot details of bat girl. The film, starring Leslie Grace in the lead role, was meant to be a new origin story for the character. The new details suggest that bat girl could have been a raw adaptation of a comic book movie with no metahuman elements, thus going straight to the character’s roots.
They were trying to figure out what the ending was, but like the fundamentals here, the stakes are small. Firefly is just a dude in a suit who may or may not have killed Batgirl’s mother in the beginning; it was a fire or something. I don’t want to go into plot details, which he said [was] very convoluted and involved multiple boyfriends and mob bosses, and there may or may not be a reference to Jason Todd, who is a great character in the DC Universe, but there is no Robin in this movie. They show Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman mask, a cute little Easter egg, although Michelle Pfeiffer isn’t in the movie. It was supposed to come after Flash.
The details reveal how Brendan Fraser’s Firefly would have been set up. The reference to “mafia bosses” could have been to Jacob Scipio’s character called Anthony Bressi. The reference to Michelle Pfeiffer’s mask from Return of Batman could have solidified the merging of Tim Burton films into the DCEU. All of these ideas seem like a good collective approach to bringing Barbara Gordon’s character to the screen. Additionally, the details of the film’s presence in the timeline could have clarified the DCEU’s future plans for Batman and as a franchise.
Batgirl was supposed to come after The Flash
Batgirl was first announced as an HBO Max Original with directors Adil Arbi and Billal Fallah attached. The directing duo were supposed to work on the film after finishing Marvel Studios’ Ms. Marvel. After Leslie Grace was confirmed as the lead, the film also signed on Michael Keaton as Batman, connecting the dots between Tim Burton’s Batman films and the DC Extended Universe. Although not extensive, Keaton’s role in the film could have ended the confusion over the DCEU’s timeline of events, bringing consistency to the shared continuity. Now that the movie is canceled, the franchise is once again calling for confusion and speculation.
Belloni’s details on the film’s plot line up with rumors that Snyder’s vision for DCEU will be erased and rewritten in the flash. These speculations suggested how the flash would pave the way for Michael Keaton’s original Batman to replace Ben Affleck’s Batman from the Snyder movies. Although these speculations have been disputed, this decision would have allowed Warner Bros. and DC Films to officially deviate from Snyder’s established timeline in his first three films. However, with bat girl canceled and Affleck donning the cowl again for the Aquaman the sequel hints that the original timeline is still in place.
According to reports, the film was set to take place after the flash. After DC’s reshuffling of the release schedule, things got complicated because bat girl still kept the 2022 version, and the flash has been pushed back to 2023, which has increased confusion over the continuity of the franchise. Now we know why Batgirl the release date has not been updated.
The scouting reports say that bat girl wasn’t so good as a movie, and early fan reactions to Leslie Grace’s official first look weren’t much appreciated. However, a faction of fans supported the film, mostly due to Brendan Fraser’s involvement as the main villain. The movie could have given us a promising story, but now that’s unlikely to happen.