One of WBD’s most notorious post-merger decisions was deleting an entire finished feature, Batgirl, that had an estimated budget of $90 million, to claim a tax write-off, deeming it bad-to-the-point of un-releasability (how they could prove this when no one outside the production had seen it remains a mystery worthy of Benoit Blanc).
Just an FYI:
I will never, EVER have any measure of kindness in my tone for or my take on David Zaslav.
Yep. Gotta’ love (and by love I mean despise ) how this “Studio Chief” has turned the IRS into an unwitting underwriting apparatus. No faith in the product- oh hell, we’ll just get the IRS to bail us out. Legislation needs to be passed allowing studios only one to two write offs over a five year period.
Another thing I think that would curb this new trend is if some of the super big A lister actors get their reps to write in penalty payment clauses in their contracts that guarantee big money payouts if the studio decides to hold/write off the film after its finished.
I for one would love to see this movie (and Batgirl, obviously). People saying the only reason anyone is talking about it is because it’s being cancelled. But if we had a trailer or other promo material, people would certainly be interested.
It’s written by Samy Burch, nominated this year for an Oscar for May December, from a story by none other than James Gunn, with a great cast like Lana Condor, Will Forte, and John Cena. And it’s the freakin Looney Tunes! HELLO!
I commend both of your takes. Here’s some heads up stuff:
The CW exec suite heavily implied that it was the WB c-suite that pulled the plug on Superman & Lois
They- most likely Gunn and Safean- claimed it was at odds with the Superman Reborn franchise so the show is ending after this season. The writing staff and cast of the series whas been significantly paired down as well. Some diligent peeps here in DCUI and across the interwbz answered this explanation for cancellation with a thoughtful and insightful question of their own: is Matt Reeves’ franchise The Batman now to be considered competition for Gunn’s series Batman: The Brave And The Bold? It’s a fair question given the logic of the reasoning given for Supes’ & Lo’s cancellation.
Two other factors in play that I believe are directly connected to this rash of cancellations are WBD’s aggressive forray into ‘Always On’ gaming
And the recently announced WB/Disney/FOX sports streaming deal
Pleez don’t interpret the info I posted above as me being in any way a Zaslav apologist. I think we all know how I feel about him
I just wanted provide err’body with a little insight into how/why the entertainment content pieces might be getting shifted around and/or yanked from the chess board.