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

Despite the fact that the Batgirl movie is already underway, it 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 finished, according to reports from The New York Post and The Wrap, and the film was still being tested 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 restore DCs theatrical identity.

A complete franchise film might not be completely shelved like this, and it's especially odd now that streaming platforms are fawning for content. However, new Warner Bros. CEO David Zaslav has huge plans to overhaul the entire companys film output, and regime changes often mean many once-sure bets are 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 capacity as Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Polygon reached out to Warner Bros., but did not receive any response until the publication date.

Update (Aug. 3): Batgirl's directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have issued a statement on the movies' cancellation, claiming that the film is far from finished, and that they hope that one day people will get to see it. They also express their gratitude to Leslie Grace for portraying Batgirl with such enthusiasm, dedication, and humanity.

Adil El Arbi's tweet is a guest post from Adil El Arbi (@adilelarbi).