Recorded Live on Twitter Spaces:
Sammy & Rob Gaudette (co-host on Heroes World Online Podcasts all on YouTube.) discuss and review the status of the DCEU following the cancellation of Batgirl on HBO Max. Rob still has hope; Sammy…eh not so much.
We start in the past…the classic origin story. Barbara Gordon as Batgirl was a solo movie formally announced at Warner Bros. since 2016.
Joss Whedon initially signed on to write and direct in 2017, then dropped out a year later.
Eventually with the success of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn the studio went ahead and made Birds of Prey which came out February 7, 2020. DC Comics readers know Barbara/Oracle are synonymous with Birds of Prey and yet WB said no to including her in this movie (which was terrible; it bombed even as the pandemic shut down cinemas).
But before this current Batgirl movie went ahead; HBO Max launched in the United States on May 27, 2020 during the pandemic; with mostly the HBO library. All the major announcements such as a Friends Reunion were COVID delayed. Just under a year later was the Warner Bros. Discovery merger was May 17, 2021.
Those dates all brought us to the recent cancellation of Batgirl, a DC Films that was in post-production. And the subsequent mandate from new CEO David Zaslav to make DC films “big theatrical event films” just like the MCU.
Rob a tireless fan of the DCEU is happy to share his hope while Sammy heavily sighs.
Is this a nerd issue? Is this Inside baseball? Does the public care?
“Because she’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we’ll hunt her. Because she can take it. Because she’s not our hero. She’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight.”
Recorded Live on Twitter Spaces on Friday August 5, 2022 at Noon EST
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