Batgirl’s cancellation sent shockwaves through the world of entertainment, but it isn’t the first DC property to meet an untimely end this year.
It’s been a rough year to be a DC Comics fan. While there is certainly a lot to be excited about this year, such as the releases of Black Adam and Shazam! Fury of the Godsthere has also been some unexpected losses for the DC community.
Among those losses was the cancellation of batgirl. The DCEU movie was supposed to stream on HBO Max at some point this year or next year, but it was announced last week that Warner Bros. Discovery had opted not to go ahead with the movie – in spite of the fact that the $90 million flick had already been filmed.
but batgirl wasn’t the only DC casualty this year. Here is every major DC property that was unexpectedly canceled in 2022.
Designed as part of the DCEU’s next stage, batgirl was intended as an HBO Max exclusive release. Starring Leslie Grace in the title role, it was to see Barbara Gordon don her own Batsuit and face off against the dastardly Firefly (Brendan Fraser). It was also set to see Michael Keaton reprise his iconic role as Bruce Wayne/Batman and JK Simmons reprise his DCEU role as Commissioner James Gordon.
It’s hard to talk about batgirl in the past or future tense because, unlike the other projects on this list, the HBO Max film had completed production. It may not have been finished and it sounds like it would have required reshoots, but some version of it exists out there. And the truth is that fans deserved to see it.
There had been very little updates about HBO Max’s Strange Adventures series since it was first announced back in 2019, but fans have now received the worst kind of update from co-writer Kevin Smith, who confirmed that the project had been cancelled.
Described as a new superhero “anthology”, it was set to be produced by Arrowverse mastermind Greg Berlanti. Unfortunately, it seems that it was just another casualty of the changes brought on by the Warner Bros./Discovery merger.