Bat girl It won’t fly to HBO Max screens, but a select group of insiders will see the film during secret screenings on the Warner Bros. lot this week, multiple sources say The Hollywood Reporter. It is said to be for people who worked on the film, both cast and crew, as well as representatives and executives.
One source described them as “funeral screenings”, held before the film was sent to an unknown afterlife, with footage locked away in a vault, either physical or digital.
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On August 2, Bat girl became the most talked about movie in the world when news broke that the new CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery’s David Zaslav had chosen to scrap DC’s $90 million film in order to get a tax write-off. (The CEO of the newly merged company is looking for $3 billion in cost savings.)
Bat girl it was deep in postproduction when Warners canceled the project, but it was still far from complete, with temporary visual effects and scores. The film had previously held a single test screening, the only time audience members saw a cut.
A question swirls Bat girl is whether it could be the next one Zack Snyder’s Justice League, an abandoned film that later sees the light of day. But Bat girl is different for many reasons, sources note. Justice League it wasn’t a tax write-off for the studio. It was released in theaters and there was no legal reason not to have an alternate version. If the studio was released Bat girlwould run afoul of the rules allowing Warner Bros. Discovery to claim a tax write-off.
In addition, filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah say they don’t personally have access to any footage, though sources say it’s possible some players connected to the project have footage in private. Instead, when Snyder left Justice League in the spring of 2017, he left the Warners lot with a laptop containing a rough, four-hour cut of the film, one he would later complete after a years-long campaign by fans demanding to see his version of the film.
Generally, a studio won’t get the full tax write-off on a money-losing project right away, but will get a certain percentage right away and the rest over a period of years. That’s because it’s unclear how much a project might make (or lose) over its lifetime as it hits cable and other platforms.
Several sources have suggested that Warners may make the drastic move to destroy her Bat girl plans as a way to prove to the IRS that there will never be any revenue from the project, and therefore should be entitled to the full write-off immediately. Other sources dispute this idea, noting that there are other projects still locked up that will never see the light of day, such as HBO’s first Game of Thrones spinoff pilot, Blood moon, an hour of television that even author George RR Martin hasn’t seen. There’s also the possibility that Warners could, along the way, decide Bat girl it deserves to be released and the government to return its tax liability.
Leslie Grace starred as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl in the film, which was supposed to be one of several modest-budget DC projects made straight for HBO Max as part of former WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar’s effort to slim down the streaming service. Zaslav, who took the helm of the combined company in April, has reversed that strategy and is pushing Warners to refocus on the theater.
While Bat girl has gotten the most attention for being killed, it wasn’t the only film to fall victim to Zaslav’s tax-cutting strategy.
Scoop! Holiday homeanother nearly completed film canceled on the same day as Bat girlquietly had his own funeral on the Warners lot last week.
Ashley Cullins contributed to this story.
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