Batgirl: the release of the film purely and simply canceled by Warner Bros |  COMICSBLOG.fr

Batgirl: the release of the film purely and simply canceled by Warner Bros | COMICSBLOG.fr

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The soap opera of intellectual property management DC Comics by the studio Warner Bros. has everything of a sort of TV series’ at the end of its course. A little like Riverdale, when the guys decided to bring rituals, magic and time travel back to the heart of the equation: the unpredictable is always guaranteed. Take the recent situation. After the release of The Batman, the start of new more or less unprecedented projects and the continuation of the franchises established over the last five years, the public could resolutely say to themselves that certain behavioral tics (at random, “come on, we cut in the editing”) had been boxed. And yet. Habits die hard. Hold, take Batgirl.

We would have liked to tell you “take the tweezers”, but…

And not just any tweezers. Those used to turn the meat without burning your legs. The information was startling enough to warrant a ton of caution (oven mitts, Nivea), given that it originally emanated from an article by the relatively unreliable New York Post, but, in the course of writing, the concordant sources ended up being linked to validate a hard and concrete fact. The (speculative) press organ actually started by explaining that the film Batgirl of Bilal Fallah and Adil El Arbia duo of directors yet crowned with a certain public success for their work on the series Ms.Marvelwould have been put in the trash by the new thinking heads of Warner Bros.. Namely, the bosses, even the boss, of Discovery Inc., David Zaslav. The producers, after recovering the group from the hands ofAT&T without having decided themselves to validate this project dedicated to Barbara Gordonan expected time for the platform HBO Maxwere not necessarily satisfied with the result: that is to say, a film not necessarily made to correspond to the codes of the traditional blockbuster of superheroes on the big screen.

As it is, the information could have passed for an unimportant scoop to kill boredom, in the trough of the media wave which generally follows the San Diego Comic-Con and its procession of thundering news. But the writing of TheWrap has for its part decided to take up the news, citing (visibly) internal sources, which corroborate. Subsequently, the HollywoodReporter, a much more reliable and established institution in the middle, also confirmed the report. The teams of Discovery would hide behind the idea that films DC Comics would be intended to produce “great cinema experiences” of entertainment, in accordance with the model that has confined the superhero narrative to a single genre of production for fifteen years, and Batgirl would not correspond (or rather, no longer) to this unique and totalitarian thought. An incomprehensible argument, on the scale of modern realities in Hollywood.

Because : Batgirl has indeed been shot. The film would even have cost around 90 million dollars, and we have only very rarely seen projects of this size end up in the trash without even a discreet exit to save the furniture. the New York Post speaks of catastrophic test screenings – an argument that can no longer be taken seriously, since the tool of public screenings has been transformed into leverage for producers to nip in the bud certain ambitious montages in defiance of artistic visions, even, precisely, to deprive films of cinema releases to better sell them on SVOD platforms. The “place in the catalogue” argument is therefore the most logical, given that David Zaslav actually talked about sorting through the organizational chart of DC Moviesa point reiterated by the HollywoodReporter. The idea would be to refocus the priority on the cinema, and that high-budget films designed for the streaming would no longer make much sense vis-à-vis the new policies put in place since then. Except that… Why not release the film on the big screen in this case?
At the mere writing of these lines, it is difficult to hide the annoyance of the specialist editor who wonders how such news could even have anything of sense in the present, from a studio which also claims to want rationalize the budgets by canceling with all your might other orders for series or films not yet shot. How, how to do without the least penny that could, by accident, bring in a feature film Batgirl carried by a few stars, even with a discreet release on HBO Max ? What anomaly would hide in this adaptation taken without the slightest context that would be enough to be blocked at the entrance? This decision seems to make no sense (except from a pure sporting point of view: the choreographic nobility of throwing a briefcase of money into the fire? The choreography, the rebound, the spitting of flames, more than a discipline, a passion ), and does not provide a reassuring signal, on any scale, about the status of DC Movies or of Warner Bros. under the future aegis of Discovery.

But that’s the whole problem. It’s good Warner Bros. which it is, a studio to which we already owe the shortened version of batman v supermanthe Suicide Squad fragmented from David Ayerthe Justice League of Joss Whedonand the pursuit of a model “à la marvel studios” on Aquaman, wonder woman Where Shazam to continue to forbid nuance in the closed repertoire of costumed heroes in cinema. It has to be said, with some bitterness: after all these years, nothing seems impossible at the end of this incredible zumba.

At the small scale of the film industry orders, the cancellation of Batgirl is in any case a hopeless admission of failure. And the end, already, of a promise of renewal begun with Joker Where The Batman. Thanks for the works.


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