As lesser known properties are continuing to find streaming success as opposed to box office success, more and more potential franchises are leaving cinemas. One such property is the proposed “Batgirl”project that is now being moved to HBO Max.
Podcaster (and sometimes Director) Kevin Smith is not digging this move AT ALL.
In the latest episode of his and Marc Bernardin’s FatMan Beyond podcast, Smith and his co-host discussed the news that the Bad Boys for Life directing duo signed on to helm the DC title. But Smith was shocked to learn that the project is being developed as an HBO Max exclusive and expressed a great sense of disappointment in the decision by WB and WarnerMedia, believing there to be a “billion-dollar franchise” in the property if handled correctly. Smith said:
“Batgirl, handled correctly, has a chance – I feel like – to be a billion-dollar franchise, depending on who you cast. You’re talking about one of the most iconic female superheroes from the DC universe[…]You say ‘DC female superheroes,’ yes, Wonder Woman checks the box right away, that’s probably the first name you think of. [But] I think of Batgirl before I even think of Supergirl. The CW has done a wonderful job of building that character up into a franchise but, just comic books alone, I’d be like, ‘Oh, Batgirl.’”
It should be noted that Smith does mix up the fact that its HBO Max home establishes the project as a streaming series instead of a film, but given Bernardin does call it a film at the start of the conversation and a few times throughout does point to what many fans are going to be thinking. HBO Max is still seen by most as a home to original series and same-day theatrical film premieres, partly due to the fact none of its original films have wowed critics or audiences alike or spark any viral trends on social media, save for Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
Maybe a series is the way to go for lesser known DC heroes though. Look at what Marvel has done with Scarlet Witch and Falcon on Disney plus. Of course those shows take place in the MCU and the HBO Max DC shows have only been rumored about being part of a planned DCEU multiverse.
HBO Max will have Titans returning this August for its third season and the Green Lantern series is set to begin filming in Los Angeles this Summer.