- Jan 19, 2013
Ah, I see you missed the "WarnerBros made the decision to greenlight Batgirl before Discovery entered the picture, and Discovery isn't obligated to hold on to bad decisions from the previous regime" statement. The movie business is actually a movie charity, I suppose.Actually they are. The moment they announced it, did all that filming, and wasted that money, they were obligated to do it.
Anyway, the Old WB didn't feel obligated to continue with New Gods and The Trench and cancelled those at the first opportunity under the guise of cleaning house. Discovery is in a similar position and reportedly trying to clear WarnerMedia's debt, since WB lost money falling out with their more bankable directors (Villeneuve, Nolan, etc.) with day-and-date release streaming and not notifying them. They neither focused on streaming-only with considerations for COVID-19, nor focused on theater exclusives which they apparently valued more, so that's on them, and WBDiscovery has to make the decisions that the previous regime should've done, including cancelling projects that should've never been greenlit because they had a poor foundation for existence.
Now, if genuine Batgirl fans started their own thing to get WBD to release the film, I'd respect it, but those fans don't exist. The ones claiming to be don't actually give a damn about finishing what's started and respecting creative vision. They were too busy concern-trolling about COVID-19 and virtue signaling about what "real/true fans" they were for not "bullying" a multibillion-dollar corporation and "setting a dangerous precedent" with a hashtag. Now they've about-faced like the cowards they are, making death threats about David Zaslav. They're just going to forget about the movie itself in a few months because there's no real passion, just some culture war nonsense to win internet arguments. The same people whining about the cancellation would've been the ones to slag the movie when it actually released and complained that it should never have been made, exactly because of how cheap it looks.
Check out the other list of projects WarnerMedia went and announced just to look busy, aside from The Trench and New Gods: Harley Quinn vs. The Joker, Ben Affleck's Batman, Deathstroke, Deadshot, Gotham City Sirens, Green Lantern Corps, Wonder Twins, Lobo, The Amazons, Black Canary, Booster Gold, Nightwing, Plastic Man, Hourman, Static Shock, The Metal Men, and Zatanna. They were announced on the heels of other movies or mentioned as "entering production" at some point and turned into whatever the film equivalent of vaporware is. The Old WB should've gotten those out the door if they cared or put in a stipulation to protect the projects instead of passing the buck to a new company, but it sounds like they didn't. How weird.
WB has been making bad decisions for the past five/six years and the old heads are still using "journalist" stooges to retroactively devalue the one good decision they happened to make, so... glad they're no longer running things at Discovery and there's going to be a dedicated DC Films head.
WB has been in a "Post-Snyder era of the DCEU" for the past 5 years. He was already out before 2017 and every movie from Josstice League onward was getting reviews of "The Best DC movie since the Dark Knight" and "A step in the right direction for DC".
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Truly magical how multiple movies get the same exact line and don't have anything to show for it. It's like the company itself and access media were spending all that precious time spinning their wheels because a bunch of disgruntled weirdoes in executive positions held a grudge against one dude for doing the job that they hired him for and were too busy listening to some brain-broken wannabe pundits on Twitter and YouTube assign political motivations for why they didn't like one guy's movies.
What about those "steps in the right direction" though?
Shazam earned worldwide
Birds of Prey earned worldwide
Wonder Woman 1984 earned worldwide
The Suicide Squad earned worldwide
The Batman earned worldwide. Probably could've broken 1B in the box office if they shaved off a half hour to fit in more showings.
I'd have put Joker in here since it broke a billion, but "journalists" were too busy going off about how Joker was made for incels and would inspire more mass shootings, practically salivating at the idea that it could happen just so they would be right about having called it. No one said it was a "step in the right direction" for DC, and WB not showing any faith in the production is why they didn't see the full billion-plus in profit and had to split it between other production companies. Haha. Oops.
David Zaslav is at least smart enough for right now not to namedrop Zack Snyder as the boogeyman of the company at fault for any future projects and cancellations. The focus is on DC's trinity plus Aquaman, with event films to motivate the theater goers.
Quote: "We have some great DC films coming up — Black Adam, Shazam, and Flash, and we're working on all of those, We're very excited about them. We've seen them, we think they're terrific, and we think we can make them even better. Our ambition is to bring Warners back and to produce great high-quality films, and as we look at the opportunities that we have broadly, DC is top of the list for us. You look at Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman — these are brands that are known everywhere in the world. The ability to drive those all over the world with great story is a big opportunity for us. [...] There will be a team with a 10-year plan focusing just on DC. It's very similar to the structure that Alan Horn and Bob Iger put together, very effectively, with Kevin Feige at Disney. We think that we could build a long-term much stronger, sustainable growth business out of DC. And as part of that, we're going to focus on quality. We're not going to release any film before it's ready. We're not going to release a film to make a quarter. We're not going to release a film unless the focus is going to be, 'How do we make each of these films in general as good as possible?'"
Whether Discovery can pull it off is a wait-and-see thing. If Snyder comes back eventually as part of the plan, cool. If not, he's working with Netflix right now. He still has work on Rebel Moon and the Armyverse, so I'm not fussed.