Kevin Smith has publicly lambasted the recent “baffling” decisions by Warner Bros. Discovery to shelve the Batgirl film.
The fanboys are restless
Kevin Smith, esteemed writer, actor, director and comic fan, recently used the platform of his Youtube show “Hollywood Babble On” to put the suits at Warner Bros. Discovery on full blast.
Smith was absolutely irate about the company’s decision to completely shelve the almost complete $90 million Batgirl film staring Leslie Grace soon before its targeted streaming release date on HBO Max. The decision to completely abandon the project has been met with general public puzzlement, and seems to have drawn out the righteous fury of Kevin Smith: (The following angry quote has been edited for content. This is a family site, after all, and we never find a stranger in the Alps.)
It’s an incredibly bad look to cancel the Latina ‘Batgirl’ movie. I don’t give a [poop] if the movie was absolute [gently loving] dog [poop] – I guarantee you that it wasn’t. The two directors [Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi] who directed that movie did a couple of episodes of ‘Ms. Marvel,’ and it was a wonderful [gently loving] show and they had more money to do ‘Batgirl’ than they had to do an episode of ‘Ms. Marvel’ and stuff.
Smith went on in this vein for some time, but you get the idea. Besides the optics of capriciously abandoning a nearly complete, diverse, female driven film, he also questioned the logic of charging ahead with the upcoming Flash film despite star Ezra Miller’s much publicized erratic and concerning behavior:
That is the baffling thing. I don’t give a [poop] how “bad” the ‘Batgirl’ movie is, nobody in that movie is complicated or has anything in their real life you have to market around. In ‘The Flash’ movie, we all know there’s a big problem! Flash is the Reverse-Flash in real life.”
Kevin Smith is surely frustrated by recent Warner Bros. Discovery decisions concerning their DC properties. Gossip from the board rooms and quarter bins seems to point towards grasping leadership and inarticulate vision around DC Films and Warner Bros. There have been plenty of cinematic and television hits over the last twenty-odd years, many of them connected to the Batman mythos. Yet it seems like the people in charge are forever chasing Marvel’s formula of a gigantic, inter-connected universe instead of recognizing that most DC property success has come from individual characters and creators. Kevin Smith surely speaks for a lot of fans with his recent lambasting of Warner. Bros.
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