Even if the film is already there, the Batgirl film may never be released

Even if the film is already there, the Batgirl 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 available on HBO Max in any form.

Batgirl was passed on, according to reports from The New York Post and The Wrap. Filming had finished in March, and the film was engaged in public testing. This, according to sources, is where the film was doomed, testing poorly at a time when new Warner Bros. leadership is looking to restore DCs theatrical identity.

A complete franchise film is rarely put on hold in such a manner, especially now that streaming platforms are looking for content. However, new Warner Bros. CEO David Zaslav has big plans to overhaul the entire company's film output, and regime changes often result in many once-sure wagers being discarded in sometimes surprising 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 ways as Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Polygon reached out to Warner Bros., but did not receive a response until publication time.

Update (Aug. 3): Batgirl's filmmakers 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. She also expresses her gratitude to Leslie Grace for portraying Batgirl with such passion, dedication, and humanity.

Adil El Arbi's blog is a guest post written by Adil El Arbi (@adilelarbi).