The bloodbath continues at Warner Bros. Discovery. Or is it Discovery Warner Bros.? We can never remember. Either way, David Zaslav is rampaging around the corridors of the studio wielding his axe and nothing, and nobody, is safe. Batgirl lies dead and the current DCEU is no more. Maybe his vision works on movement? Has anyone tried standing absolutely still to see if that means they avoid cancellation?
According to rumors currently bubbling up in Burbank, it is already too late for some shows. The mission to cut costs, maximise profit and regain prestige is about to claim some more victims judging form the whispers in Hollywood.
Harley Quinn, Doom Patrol, and Titans are all up next on the chopping block and cancellation is apparently imminent. They will join the never started Wonder Twins on the DCEU scrapheap.
That is not all. Another high profile show is also about to be made to walk the plank while it is still in development. Greg Berlanti’s Green Lantern.
The show was in the process of casting with Jeremy Irvine locked as Alan Scott back in June. Alan Scott became one of the few DC superheroes to come out as gay in 2012, before it was fashionable.
At this point it is far too easy to insert a punchline about having power over a ring, so we won’t. In an interview with Screen Rant at the time he said:
“It’s been a project that’s been around for some time. As far as I know, there’s no start date, but when I get the call, I will pop on my green tights and be there.
I think it’s a very difficult time at the moment to get any project off the ground and I know they want to do that project in a very large scale… I hope it all comes together at some point. But these things, unfortunately, take a long time and they take a lot of different aspects to all line up.”
Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story) had been cast as another member of the Green Lantern Corps, Guy Gardner. Well… erm…
Zaslav doesn’t want HBO Max to produce as much original streaming content as part of cost control. A very large scale, CGI heavy production of the kind that Marvel Studios make for Disney+ for fun is clearly going to have a limited shelf-life under this new regime.