With the merger between Warner Bros. and Discovery comes a different strategy around the production and marketing of their films, and the DC Universe begins to feel the winds of change. Following the cancellation of batgirl Numerous reports have surfaced with updates on the current status of some of his future film projects.
Here’s a recount of the most recent stories circulating in Hollywood about Warner’s plans for DC movies:
Let’s start with the title that has generated so much uncertainty about the future of DC in the cinema. Warner Bros. Discovery announced Tuesday the cancellation of the premiere of the film starring Leslie Grace. “The decision not to launchbatgirlreflects the strategic shift in our leadership as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max,” said a spokesperson for the studio.
Different media have reported that David Zazlav, executive director of the company, wants to bet from now on for feature films destined for the big screen and not for his streaming service.streaming as it was a priority in the previous administration.
Despite having a final budget of $90 million, the rumor is that the study doubted that batgirl It would live up to the level of entertainment they want for their DC film productions. In order to recover some of its costs, it was decided to take a tax deduction of between $15 and 20 million dollars for producing it, instead of taking additional risks by investing to take it to theaters.
However, this maneuver means that Warners cannot profit from the film in other ways, so it will not reach HBO Max (as was the original plan) nor will it be sold to another studio or platform.
The SnyderVerse is dead
In case it wasn’t clear, Warner Bros. Discovery has no intentions of reviving the SnyderVerse. In accordance with rolling stonedocumentary filmmaker Leslie Iwerks recently requested permission to use excerpts from Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021) in a feature film about the history of DC Comics. The answer of the study was that there is only one justice league: the 2017 version.
Warner doesn’t know what to do with Flash
Andy Muschietti’s film is in a delicate position. Variety notes that “Warner Bros. still doesn’t know what to do with Flash” because of the scandals over the erratic behavior of its star Ezra Miller. Does that mean it could end up canned or in streaming? That remains to be seen.
For the time being, producer Bárbara Muschietti answered to a user on social networks that “all is well in the land of Flash” after the announcement of the cancellation of batgirl. The film is currently scheduled to hit theaters on June 23, 2023.
super girl endangered
After the news of batgirl Speculation began about what will be the next title to officially go through the guillotine. Before the merger, Warner Bros. had announced multiple productions for theaters and HBO Max that aimed to bring more diversity to the DC universe, including some films focused on much more modest characters such as Black Canary, Zatanna or Static Shock.
Although we still have no news about the future of those tapes, sources have told rolling stone which is likely super girl don’t go ahead. The superheroine played by Sasha Calle is scheduled to make her debut in Flash.
Underscoring a bit of the uncertainty facing the talent involved with Warner, director Angel Manuel Soto has not issued a direct statement on the Blue beetlebut he has taken the opportunity to give him a like to several tweets from fans asking the studio to keep the premiere of this project going.
blue beetle was originally intended for HBO Max, but was upgraded to a theatrical release a few weeks later. The film starring Xolo Maridueña would arrive on August 18, 2023.
new dates for Aquaman Y Shazam?
The Hollywood Reporter announced that Warner Bros. Discovery would be considering delaying Shazam! the fury of the gods (scheduled for next December 21) and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (scheduled for March 17, 2023) to better restructure its release schedule.
It is rumored that the company could announce this decision as early as today during a meeting with investors to report earnings for the second quarter of this year.
Joker 2 announce its release date
Lastly, it wasn’t all bad news these days for DC. Warner revealed that Joker: Folie a Deux It will be released on October 4, 2024, exactly five years after the first installment.
Director Todd Phillips and actor Joaquin Phoenix will be back in this sequel that would be set mainly inside the Arkham asylum. It has also been speculated that this movie could be a musical and that Lady Gaga would join as an alternate version of Harley Quinn.
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