Despite the fact that the Batgirl film is already underway, the film may never be released

Despite the fact that the Batgirl film is already underway, the film may never be released ...

In Gotham City, things are getting a little weird. Batgirl, the upcoming DC Comics film directed by the Bad Boys for Life duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, is apparently no longer coming to HBO Max and will not be released in any form.

Batgirl was completed, according to reports from The New York Post and The Wrap, and the film had been in testing with audiences. This, according to sources, is where the film was doomed, testing poorly during a time when new Warner Bros. leadership is looking to rebuild DCs theatrical brand.

It's unusual for a completed franchise film to be completely canceled like this now, given streaming platforms' appetite for content. However, new Warner Bros. CEO David Zaslav has massive plans to overhaul the entire companys film output, and regime changes often mean many once-sure bets are discarded in sometimes unexpected ways.

Batgirl has had a long and torturous development history. First announced in 2017, the film initially had Avengers director Joss Whedon attached to direct, before redirecting in 2018. The final film had a strong cast, with In the Heights breakout star Leslie Grace in the lead role, Brendan Fraser set to play the villain Firefly, and Michael Keaton returning in some capacity as Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Polygon wrote to Warner Bros., but did not receive a response until after publication.

Update (Aug. 3): Batgirl's directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have issued a statement on the films' cancellation. They say the film is far from finished, and they hope that one day people will see it. Leslie Grace has been a wonderful actress who has portrayed Batgirl with such enthusiasm, dedication, and humanity.

Adil El Arbi's tweet was shared on Twitter. (@adilelarbi)