The Discovery Director at Warner Bros. discusses the future of DC films and the reasoning behind Batgirl's cancellation

The Discovery Director at Warner Bros. discusses the future of DC films and the reasoning behind Bat ...

Batgirl, a film that had already been shot, was removed from the lineup of upcoming DC films, meaning it will not be released in theaters or to HBO Max subscribers until later this month. Two of Warner Bros. Discovery's executives discussed the future of the franchise and provided further reasons for Batgirl's demise.

David Zaslav, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO, stated that the DC brand is still a top priority for the recently-merged corporation, to the point that there is a 10-year strategy that will be applied to future DC films.

DC is one of the most sought after industries in the world. We've made a 10-year strategy focusing just on DC. It's very similar to the structure that Alan Horn and Bob Iger built with Kevin Feige at Disney.

In 2013, the DC Extended Universe launched with Iron Man, five years after the Marvel Cinematic Universe launched. However, with David Zaslav leading the charge, he's implementing this 10-year strategy that's been using for a while now: Alan Horn is now a consultant for Warner Bros. after almost a decade as chairman and later the chief creative officer at Walt Disney Studios.

We're not going to release any film until it's ready. We're not going to release a film to make a quarter of the budget. But DC is something that we believe we can make better, and we're working on all of them. We're very interested in him. We've seen them, we believe they're fantastic, and we believe we can make them even better.

Black Adam will be released this October, followed by Shazam! Fury of the Gods two months later. And despite the controversy surrounding The Flash actor Ezra Miller, the Scarlet Speedsters solo film is still on track to be released next June. Not to mention Matt Reeves' Caped Crusader-centric universe expanding with a Penguin series and other spinoff shows in development.

Today, Gunnar Widenfels, WBD's CFO, explained that Batgirl's decision is a reflection of our leaderships' strategic shift in relation to the DC universe and HBO Max. Holiday Haunt and Wonder Twins:

We made substantial investment in direct to HBO Max films, for which we did not receive sufficient funding. This involves changing how we invest going forward, as well as in evaluating those projects that are already completed or in progress. These are difficult decisions, but we strive to maintain a framework that allows our content investment to pay out at its maximum potential.

Blue Beetle was originally scheduled to be exclusive to HBO Max before it was changed to a theatrical release, but Warner Bros. has decided to put it aside in order to fulfill its $90 million budget.