During a time of cost-cutting measures and layoffs, Warner Bros

WB Discovery CEO Shoots Down Rumors of Yet Another Sale Discovery's CEO has reportedly told employees the company is not up for sale


During a time of cost-cutting measures and layoffs, Warner Bros. Discovery's CEO has reportedly told employees the company is not up for sale.
As reported by Deadline, Warner Bros. Discovery held a company-wide town hall meeting today on Zoom, where they laid out the current state of the company. According to Deadline's sources within the meeting, CEO David Zaslav said, "We are not for sale, absolutely, not for sale." Zaslav also reportedly told employees, “We have the strongest hand in the industry,” and, “We have everything we need to be successful to be the biggest entertainment media company in the world.”
Every DC Movie and Series Affected by the Warner Bros. Discovery MergerFrom Batgirl's cancellation to The Flash's final season on The CW, these are all the DC movies and shows that have been impacted by the Warner Bros. Discovery merger.<b>Strange Adventures</b>
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The Greg Berlanti-produced Strange Adventures series is reportedly among those canceled at HBO Max. Kevin Smith (who was among the writers on the anthology series) revealed the news on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast, saying
Smith also revealed his episode revolved around Bizarro, and he envisioned Superman super-fan Nicolas Cage in the role. " src="/uploads/2022/09/28/during-a-time-of-cost-cutting-measures-and-layoffs-warner-bros-1.jpg" class="jsx-2920405963 progressive-image image jsx-535044292 rounded expand loading"/><b>Batgirl</b>
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DC fans had been looking forward to a live-action Batgirl movie starring Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon, Brendan Fraser as Firefly and J.K. Simmons as Jim Gordon. The film would also have featured Michael Keaton's Batman, building on the character's reintroduction in the upcoming Flash movie.
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Originally, Batgirl was expected to be among the first in a series of lower-budget DC movies that headed straight to HBO Max in lieu of a theatrical release. However, that strategy went out the window with the Warner Bros. Discovery merger. According to The Hollywood Reporter, under the new regime it was deemed more financially prudent to cancel the nearly completed film and take the tax write-down rather than spend more money on a theatrical release.  
<b>The Wonder Twins</b>
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Like Batgirl, The Wonder Twins was intended to be a smaller-scale DC movie exclusive to HBO Max. The film nearly entered production before it was canceled in May 2022, with KJ Apa and Isabel May cast in the lead roles. Also like Batgirl, The Wonder Twins is believed to be a casualty of a studio concerned with cutting costs and focusing on theatrical releases over streaming exclusives.
<b>The Supergirl Movie</b>
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While there's no evidence yet to suggest Warner Bros. Discovery won't eventually release the oft-delayed Flash movie (more on that later), the planned Supergirl spinoff may not be so lucky. Rolling Stone reports that Supergirl - which would have seen Sasha Calle reprise her role from The Flash - is likely to be canceled. Whether that means Calle's Supergirl is now a one-off character, or if she'll appear in a different DCEU project instead, is anyone's guess at the moment.  <b>Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom</b>
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The sequel to 2018's hugely successful Aquaman has been pushed back multiple times, and is now slated to hit theaters on December 25, 2023. Fortunately, there's no indication the movie is in danger of cancellation.  Post-production is well underway on the sequel, with Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Jason Patrick and Yahya Abdul Mahteen II all reprising their roles from the first film (though Heard herself claims her Mera role is being pared down in light of her high-profile court battle with ex-husband Johnny Depp).
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However, there has been one significant casting announcement since the Warner Bros. Discovery merger. Ben Affleck's Batman will now appear in the sequel, despite previous reports Affleck was done with the role following The Flash. Could this be a sign of a larger change in focus for the Dark Knight's big screen future?
Elsewhere in the meeting, Zaslav reportedly said Warner Bros. Discovery plans to release 15 to 20 theatrical films a year across all genres. According to the report, there was no mention of Batgirl or the next evolution of DC. Right now, we know Warner Bros. Discovery is searching for its own version of Marvel's Kevin Feige to helm the future of DC.
The $43 billion deal was first announced in 2021 and closed in the spring of this year. There've been nearly constant headlines regarding Warner Bros. Discovery, HBO, DC, and more since we learned HBO Max and Discovery+ will merge into one platform beginning next year.
The biggest splash came when the company canceled the live-action Batgirl movie, which was just the first in a line of movies and series canceled altogether or removed from HBO Max. HBO has also faced layoffs in wake of the merger.

Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN covering video game and entertainment news. He has over six years of experience in the gaming industry with bylines at IGN, Nintendo Wire, Switch Player Magazine, and Lifewire. Find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.
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