The Batgirl movie has officially been canceled and will not be released theatrically or on HBO Max.
Batgirl was originally shot as an HBO Max original movie with a release date intended for the end of 2022. As part of the film relied on Michael Keaton’s Batman who will be reintroduced in The Flash, the film was later delayed to an unknown date in 2023 so it could release following that film. The movie eventually was also discussed for a potential theatrical release due to the success of The Batman.
Written by Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey), and directed by the duo of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the film was originally budgeted for $80 million, but later inflated to $90 million due to Covid protocols. The reported reason for the cancelation is said to be that the film lacks the spectacle that Warner Bros. Discovery now wants from its DC films.
The decision to not release the film at all is a puzzling one to be sure. With a Warner Bros. Discovery earnings call taking place on Thursday, hopefully, we will get some more insight into the reasoning for the decision.