Why was Batgirl Cancelled and not The Flash?

Warner Bros shocked the world recently when they canceled the near-completed Batgirl. This was despite another movie, The Flash, having multiple problems during production. Why was one killed off but the other saved? Let’s investigate.

A promo shot of Batgirl.
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The reasoning behind this decision is still unknown, but some believe it may have something to do with the recent success of DC’s films. It’s possible that Warner Bros felt that they needed to focus on the more popular characters in their lineup. Since The Flash is currently one of the most loved characters, it made sense to cancel Batgirl to focus on The Flash.

What are the Reasons for the Cancellation?

With “Batgirl” being further along in development than “The Flash,” the cancellation was still very odd. By all accounts, the film was nearly finished. Even if Warner Bros didn’t think it was very good, it made sense to release it anyway to earn back some money from it, right?

Pre-Production image from the Batgirl film.
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Well, that’s not true as the film would still need multi-millions spent on it for marketing, and Warner Bros didn’t think it was good enough to justify it. They can also use it as a tax write-down and save money that way, which they couldn’t have done if they released it on HBO Max instead.

But Why Keep The Flash?

When “The Flash” was first announced, the DC Extended Universe was in a different place. “Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and “Suicide Squad” had all been released with mixed-to-negative reviews. “Wonder Woman” hadn’t come out yet, so the future of the DCEU was very much up in the air.

Ezra Miller as the Flash.
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At this point, it made sense for Warner Bros to focus on their more popular characters, like Batman and Superman. The Flash made sense as a character to focus on because he’s one of the most popular superheroes in the DC Universe.

Too Many Superhero Movies and Other Female-Led Movies

Superhero movies are big business, and there are already a lot of them in development. Marvel Studios has at least ten films in various stages of development, and that’s not even counting their TV shows. DC already has its hands full with the DCEU, so it makes sense that they would want to focus on the already established characters.

The cast of the Justice League pose together.
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As mentioned before, DC already has two other female-led superhero movies in development: “Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” and “Wonder Woman 1984.” It’s possible that the studio felt they didn’t need two female-led superhero films in development simultaneously.

The Flash Is a More Popular Character

This is probably the most important reason. The Flash is one of the most popular superheroes in the DC Universe, so it makes sense for Warner Bros to focus on him. He already has a very successful TV show, so there’s a built-in audience for a Flash movie.

Grant Gustin as The Flash.
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There are many possible reasons why Warner Bros. would cancel “Batgirl” in favor of “The Flash.” The studio likely felt they needed to focus on the more popular characters in their lineup. Since The Flash is currently one of the most popular characters in the DC Universe, it made sense to cancel Batgirl to focus on The Flash.