Although the film is already underway, it may never be released

Although the film 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 no longer coming to HBO Max and will not be released in any form.

Batgirl was filmed and sent to cinemas in March, according to reports from The New York Post and The Wrap, but the film was not successful. The film was put to the test in a time when new Warner Bros. leadership is looking to rebuild their theatrical brand.

It is unusual for a finished franchise film to be completely canceled, especially now that streaming platforms are eager for information. However, new Warner Bros. CEO David Zaslav has big plans to revamp the entire company's film output, and regime changes often mean many once-sure wagers are discarded in sometimes unexpected ways.

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

Polygon contacted Warner Bros. but did not receive a reply until publication time.

Update (Aug. 3): Batgirl directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have issued a statement expressing their hope that the film would be released one day. They also express their gratitude to Leslie Grace, who played Batgirl with such passion, dedication, and humanity.

Adil El Arbi (@adilelarbi) has shared a post on his website.