Current months have not been significantly type to DC followers. The surprising information that Warner Bros. Discovery is shelving the practically accomplished Batgirl film is simply the most recent in a sequence of cancellations and main adjustments involving high-profile DC initiatives. Neither is it prone to be the final. As proven by the sudden disappearance of a number of movies from the HBO Max library, WBD is aggressively cleansing home as a part of its efforts to chop prices following a really costly merger.
What DC films and reveals have been affected? Take a look at the slideshow under or scroll down for a full breakdown of what we all know to date, and test again for extra updates as information continues to interrupt.
Each DC Film and Collection Affected by the Warner Bros. Discovery Merger
DC followers had been wanting ahead to a live-action Batgirl film starring Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon, Brendan Fraser as Firefly and J.Ok. Simmons as Jim Gordon. The movie would even have featured Michael Keaton’s Batman, constructing on the character’s reintroduction within the upcoming Flash film.
Initially, Batgirl was anticipated to be among the many first in a sequence of lower-budget DC films that headed straight to HBO Max in lieu of a theatrical launch. Nonetheless, that technique went out the window with the Warner Bros. Discovery merger. In accordance with The Hollywood Reporter, below the brand new regime it was deemed extra financially prudent to cancel the practically accomplished Batgirl movie and take the tax write-down relatively than spend more cash on a theatrical launch.
The Surprise Twins
Like Batgirl, The Surprise Twins was meant to be a smaller-scale DC film unique to HBO Max. The movie practically entered manufacturing earlier than it was canceled in Might 2022, with KJ Apa and Isabel Might forged within the lead roles. Additionally like Batgirl, The Surprise Twins is believed to be a casualty of a studio involved with slicing prices and specializing in theatrical releases over streaming exclusives.
Aquaman and the Misplaced Kingdom
The sequel to 2018’s massively profitable Aquaman has been pushed again to 2023, however by all accounts remains to be taking place. Submit-production is nicely underway on the sequel, with Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Jason Patrick and Yahya Abdul Mahteen II all reprising their roles from the primary movie (although Heard herself claims her Mera function is being pared down in mild of her high-profile court docket battle with ex-husband Johnny Depp).
Nonetheless, there was one important casting announcement for the reason that Warner Bros. Discovery merger. Ben Affleck’s Batman will now seem within the sequel, regardless of earlier experiences Affleck was accomplished with the function following The Flash. May this be an indication of a bigger change in focus for the Darkish Knight’s massive display screen future?
J.J. Abrams’ Justice League Darkish Universe
Within the lead-up to HBO Max’s launch in 2020, J.J. Abrams emerged as a serious participant within the streamer’s DC’s plans. Abrams was tapped to supply a Justice League Darkish sequence centered round this workforce of supernatural heroes. Finally, it grew to become clear Abrams would spearhead a complete shared universe of horror-centric DC reveals, together with sequence for John Constantine, Madame Xanadu and Zatanna.
Nonetheless, the fates of all these reveals are murky within the wake of the merger. The shortage of current updates, coupled with the cancellation of Abrams’ massively costly sci-fi sequence Demimonde, suggests all the Justice League Darkish line could also be one other casualty of the merger.
The Superman Reboots
Alongside the Justice League Darkish reveals, Abrams was additionally slated to supply a brand new Superman film. Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates was connected to script the movie, and Dangerous Robotic later introduced its intention to function a Black actor within the lead function.
Regardless of rumors that Michael B. Jordan would star within the movie, we later realized Jordan is producing his personal Superman restricted sequence and will star in that undertaking as a substitute.
As with the Justice League Darkish line, the dearth of post-merger information on both entrance bodes poorly for these Superman initiatives. It stays to be seen whether or not Warner Bros. Discovery nonetheless desires to reboot the Superman franchise or greenlight a DCEU new movie starring Henry Cavill.
The Inexperienced Lantern Collection
Inexperienced Lantern: Who’s Who within the HBO Max Present
With just one transient look of a Inexperienced Lantern character within the DCEU (and one deserted cameo scene), followers have been trying to Arrowverse mastermind Greg Berlanti to finish the drought. Berlanti has been connected to supply a Inexperienced Lantern sequence on HBO Max. Satisfaction & Prejudice & Zombies’ Seth Grahame-Smith is showrunning the sequence, with Arrowverse veteran Marc Guggenheim scripting the pilot. The sequence is ready to star Finn Wittrock as Man Gardner and Jeremy Irvine as Alan Scott.
Sadly, there’s been little replace on the sequence since Irvine’s casting in Might 2021, and unconfirmed experiences recommend that the sequence has been quietly canceled. Maybe Warner Bros. Discovery is pivoting to exploring Inexperienced Lantern as an enormous display screen property once more.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow & Batwoman
Ten years after the Arrowverse made its debut, this shared universe appears to be like to be quickly winding down. Each Legends of Tomorrow and Batwoman had been canceled following their most up-to-date seasons (Season 7 for Legends and Season 3 for Batwoman). Sadly, each reveals ended with unresolved cliffhangers teasing the debuts of recent DC characters.
Each cancellations look like the results of Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount International’s choice to dump The CW and prioritize their respective streaming providers.
The Flash Collection
Whereas The Flash is now the longest-running Arrowverse sequence, Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen is headed for his remaining lap in 2023. Showrunner Eric Wallace confirmed earlier experiences that The Flash will finish with a shorter, 13-episode Season 9. It stays to be seen if the ultimate season will try to handle the free ends from different Arrowverse reveals like Legends of Tomorrow in the middle of these 13 episodes.
Superman & Lois
There’s excellent news and unhealthy information for followers of The CW’s Superman & Lois sequence. The excellent news is that the sequence is returning for a 3rd season, making it one of many few DC reveals on the community to not be given the ax. The unhealthy information is that the sequence has had its connections to the Arrowverse severed. Regardless of minor crossovers with Arrow and Supergirl over the course of the primary two seasons, Superman & Lois is now being handled as a totally standalone undertaking, set on an Earth the place Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman is the one costumed hero.
Showrunner Todd Helbing indicated this selection was mandated by DC, telling Looper, “A part of how this all folds within the massive image with DC is in the end a DC choice. I am certain there will be extra readability sooner or later, however as of now, we’re a distinct Earth within the DC Universe.”
Gotham Knights appears to be like to be the final new DC sequence to debut on The CW for the foreseeable future. The sequence focuses on a bunch of minor fugitives in Gotham Metropolis coping with the fallout of Bruce Wayne’s homicide. The sequence would not look like instantly linked to the bigger Arrowverse (and in mild of the Superman & Lois choice, probably by no means will likely be). On condition that The CW already ordered Gotham Knights to sequence, it is probably Season 1 will nonetheless see the sunshine of day, nevertheless it’s unknown whether or not the sequence has a long-term future on both The CW or HBO Max.
Within the aftermath of Batgirl’s cancellation, all eyes are on the Blue Beetle film. Blue Beetle is at the moment within the midst of filming, with Cobra Kai’s Xolo Maridueña starring as Jaime Reyes and Angel Manuel Soto directing. However regardless of initially being deliberate as an HBO Max unique, WarnerMedia later pivoted to a 2023 theatrical launch. It is unknown whether or not that plan nonetheless stands or if the movie will likely be canceled alongside Batgirl. If it’s the latter, we assume WBD will make the choice quickly, relatively than proceed spending cash on filming.
Animated DC Universe Motion pictures?
The Batgirl cancellation additionally raises questions on the way forward for the animated DC Universe Motion pictures line. Whereas not often promoting large numbers on the house video market, these animated movies have been seen as a comparatively cost-effective approach of bolstering DC’s content material on HBO Max. With Warner Bros. Discovery now prioritizing main theatrical releases, will there nonetheless be a spot for DC Universe Motion pictures? We hope so.
TBD: The Flash
The Flash has turn out to be one of the troubled DC productions in current reminiscence, between quite a few delays and pandemic-related issues and the damaging publicity brought on by star Ezra Miller’s brushes with the regulation. This has led some to take a position The Flash might also be shelved alongside Batgirl.
Regardless of that hypothesis, there’s at the moment no indication Warner Bros. Discovery plans on abandoning this long-gestating (and really costly) DCEU film, one which may also introduce Sasha Calle’s Supergirl and produce again Michael Keaton’s Batman. Nor does it appear probably the studio will undergo the large expense of recasting the lead function. Nonetheless, it stays to be seen whether or not the movie could also be additional delayed and retooled to replicate the studio’s shifting DC technique. Will Keaton nonetheless be a recurring determine within the DCEU post-The Flash?
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