The folks at Warner Bros. held secret Batgirl “funeral screenings”

Leslie Grace

Leslie Grace
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It’s approximately accepted the wisdom at this point that those of us in the mainstream – at least, outside of the single test screening that would have helped seal the film loss-will probably never see HBO Max firm bat girl. On the one hand, while the film was reported as 90% complete, or more, before the CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, David Zaslav, only unplugged it a few weeks ago, it’s not the same as “in a state where it can presumably be released”. (Look at Zack Snyder’s Justice Leaguewhich required an extremely expensive finishing process and months of labor before he could be unleashed to satiate a barking audience.) And second, such a version would screw up the main reason the company shut down the movie in the first place: so they could write it off as a loss on their taxes. (Because God helps them if it really successful thing!)

However, that does not mean nobodycheck out Leslie Grace’s take on Batgirl (or Michael Keaton’s return to the cape and cowl for the first time in decades): By THRthere are apparently “secret” screenings of footage from the film taking place on the grounds of Warner Bros. this weekfor the people who worked on the film, both the cast and crew, as well as the reps and executives. Descriptions of viewings of the unfinished film call them “funeral screenings,” which is, you know, absolute hell of a sentence.

It is not known what part of the film is shown during these events – the directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have already said that they don’t have access to their own footage at this point so we don’t know what was put together. Either way, though, he’ll be locked up soon, presumably so that Warner Bros. Discovery can convincingly tell the IRS that it won’t profit from the film – the dream, of course, of any real great artistic creator.

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