A new report in The Hollywood Reporter has just confused the future of the DCEU even further, but has outlined how DC insiders are seriously unhappy with new CEO David Zaslav and his comments on their efforts to date. The cancellation of Batgirl has become a culture war inflection point due to the ethnicity of the lead.
Kevin Smith has been on social media crying about it, as other filmmakers have signalled their virtue by expressing support. The directors of Batgirl even quoted a message they had received from Marvel supremo Kevin Feige in the wake of the cancellation:
“My friends, I had to reach out and let you know we are all thinking about you both. Because of the wonderful news about the wedding (congrats!) and the disappointing news about Batgirl. Very proud of you guys and all the amazing work you do and particularly Ms. Marvel of course! Can’t wait to see what is next for you. Hope to see you soon.”
When Zaslav pressed the button on a reset, publicly trashing ex-WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar’s strategy and calling out quality, insiders at DC were reportedly “pissed”. It nearly drove the exit of Walter Hamada. He has now agreed to stay on until Black Adam is released.
Black Adam has reportedly had a new post-credits scene inserted that now clarifies his place in whatever the DCEU is, or will become.
Hamada’s plans are now all halted. A movie version of a Crisis on Infinite Earths was planned as an event. This is now dead. The Secret Six, Supergirl, and Static Shock are all not proceeding at present. The J.J. Abrams-produced Black Superman movie from writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, featuring a race-swapped Clark Kent, is another victim. No directors are attached or being sought at this time.
Apparently James Gunn’s multiple DC projects are safe, as is Blue Beetle. Black Adam, Shazam! 2 and Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom are all still on track.
Green Lantern Corps was said to be cancelled by some, we reported this last week. Yet other reports today have said it is still in development. So put this officially in the “Haven’t a clue!” file.
Commentators have talked “optics” around cancelling Batgirl with a Latino female lead. Zaslav has shot that down, bluntly stating that the movie wasn’t good enough for a theatrical release yet also too costly for the HBO Max streaming service. This made it the most sensible target for a financial write-down.
The Joker sequel continues, as does early planning for a sequel for The Batman. The elephant in the room remains The Flash with lead Ezra Miller having well publicised issues.
The Flash has apparently tested well, and Miller was participating in regularly scheduled additional photography over the summer. This was before his burglary charge, but after his two previous arrests earlier in the year.
That movie is still set for a June 2023 release date. Thus far, I stand by my prediction that the Snyder-adjacent DCEU will be killed completely, with The Flash as its bookend. This will clear the way for whatever comes next.
However this could all change as it looks like they still aren’t 100% sure what they are doing at DC.