In a case that we might never witness again, it seems like the cast and crew of the solo Batgirl film might get a chance to watch their work before it’s gone before.
The DC film was cancelled earlier this month by Warner Bros. Discovery to obtain a tax write-down, even though it had been completely shot. With pre-production work still remaining, studio executives decided that they would earn more through the tax write-down rather than a theatrical or the intended HBO Max release despite the film having a budget of around $90 million.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, people who have spent months on the film will be able to watch the film in secret screenings dubbed “funeral screenings” at Warner Bros. lot this week, before its pushed to the studios vault. The list of people that would be able to watch the movie include the film’s cast, crew, and Warner Bros. executives as well.
Once the film hits the Warner Bros. vault, it will never see the light of day. And unlike the situation that arose with Zack Snyder’s Justice League Cut, the film was never cancelled for tax write-down reasons. If the film ever makes it to release, it will violate the tax write-down the studio has claimed.
Moreover, it seems like there won’t be any leaked footage that might show up on the internet, as directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah shared that they couldn’t save any footage on their local devices, as they were immediately removed from the Warner Bros. servers, when they found out that their film was being cancelled.
In the end, it looks like the story of the Batgirl film has almost come to a close, and while fans won’t ever get to see it, at least the cast and crew managed to snag a glimpse one glimpse at it.