The Batgirl movie could still be released by Warner Bros Discovery, despite the fact that CEO David Zaslav chose to cancel the film. This news comes to us via an article from Screen Rant, which explains how there is a way Warner Bros and DC Studios could still release the movie despite the fact that it was cancelled not too long ago. Before we get into all of that, let’s explain why they opted to can the film.
So, according to the reports, Warner Bros Discovery opted to cancel the movie and claim the money spent on it back on what’s known as a ‘tax write-off’. This means that the company could recuperate their losses on the movie via their tax bill. Basically, they can now reduce their end-of-the-year tax bill by around about $90 million. That’s how much the movie reported cost the studio. That’s quite a bit of money, and it looks like Warner Bros Discovery is now scrambling to make ends meet, so a lower tax bill at the end of the tax year would be a big plus for the company.
Here’s how the cancelled Batgirl movie could be released
Now, how can Warner Bros still end up releasing the Batgirl movie despite having cancelled it and claimed it as a tax write-off? Well, it’s actually quite tricky, but Screen Rant explains that there are a number of paths that Warner Bros Discovery could go down should they change their minds. In their article, Screen Rant argues that the studio could leak the movie online. I highly doubt that they would ever do that. However, I wouldn’t put it past the film’s directors, Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi, who could end up doing precisely that.
Should Warner Bros release the movie, they would have to release it for free because they can’t make any money back on the movie due to the whole tax write-off thing. This actually isn’t the first movie to have been cancelled and used as a tax write-off. In the 1930s, Charlie Chaplin destroyed a bunch of his films due to a whole complicated story with the IRS in the United States. There are also a bunch of movies and especially TV shows that are made in Hollywood and end up never seeing the light of day. That cost is often used to offset taxes for studios and investors.
Will Warner Bros Discovery ever release the movie?
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Batgirl was originally made to be released on HBO Max back when Warner Bros was making movies with the expressed intention of releasing them on their streaming platform. These movies were never meant to be seen in cinemas. They were made to be seen on the small screen. Batgirl was one of these movies. Blue Beetle was another. However, that movie is still going ahead, and it seems as though they were able to adjust that movie for a cinematic release since it was still being shot when the whole merger took place.
The Batgirl movie was also part of Walter Hamada’s slew of DC Comics movies. He greenlit the likes of the Wonder Twins, The Trench, Hourman and Blue Beetle. All those projects, apart from Blue Beetle, have been cancelled. It was also revealed that Hamada would be leaving his role as President of DC Films after the release of Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam movie. Hamada will still be an executive producer on Black Adam, Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom and Blue Beetle.
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