BATGIRL Behind-The-Scenes Photos Reveal A New Look At Michael Keaton's Return As Batman

BATGIRL Behind-The-Scenes Photos Reveal A New Look At Michael Keaton's Return As Batman BATGIRL Behind-The-Scenes Photos Reveal A New Look At Michael Keaton's Return As Batman

New behind-the-scenes photos from the "unreleasable" Batgirl have found their way online, this time showcasing Michael Keaton's Batman, his Batmobile, and Barbara Gordon's possible base of operations...

By JoshWilding - Jun 20, 2023 07:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Batgirl

Last year, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav made the controversial decision to pull the plug on Batgirl.

At the time, the movie was close to being finished after months of shooting in Scotland, and directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah only needed to do a few pickups and handle typical post-production work.

After declaring Batgirl a "tax write-off," it became clear the studio had no intention of ever releasing the movie. In fact, after hosting what's been described as a "funeral screening," the entire thing was reportedly deleted and the filmmakers were forbidden from having any further access to it. 

As well as introducing Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon, the plan had been to bring Michael Keaton back as Gotham City's Batman following the events of The Flash

Now, a new look at his Caped Crusader has been revealed, and yes, that is indeed his classic Batmobile. We also get a glimpse inside what was presumably Batgirl's base of operations and see Keaton as Bruce Wayne, clearly at home in the DCEU.

The plan had been for Batgirl to lead to this Dark Knight taking centre stage in a Batman Beyond project, likely meaning we could have looked forward to the Bat Family being part of the now-defunct DCEU. 

The outrage surrounding Batgirl's cancellation appears to have died down in recent months, but has resurfaced since The Flash was released. Many fans have questioned how those CG Speed Force scenes could be deemed fine for release compared to this "unreleasable" effort. 

Check out the photos below (Warner Bros. has been pulling them down from Twitter) while you can.

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CoHost - 6/20/2023, 7:18 AM
Is it even legal to show this?
emeraldtaurus - 6/20/2023, 7:25 AM
@CoHost - must have sucked beyond all recognition if DC cancelled it. Still....hope it gets a release at some point.. would like to see it out of curiosity.
JohnPain - 6/20/2023, 7:35 AM
@CoHost -

It’s not illegal to show behind-the-scenes stills. They aren’t even frames of the film.
TheComedian67 - 6/20/2023, 4:31 PM
@emeraldtaurus -

It'll never be released.

Unfinished production aside, WB legally isn't aloud to release the film.
Saga - 6/20/2023, 7:35 AM
I would have loved to see it, anything with BatKeaton is a must watch
Usernametaken - 6/20/2023, 8:06 AM
@Saga - you sound like Warner Bros's marketing team
pitbull76 - 6/20/2023, 8:33 AM
@Saga - Out of all the on screen actors that played batman Keaton would of been the best choice for Batman Beyond.I mean I would not mind if it was even a elseworld movie.
Saga - 6/20/2023, 9:28 AM
@Usernametaken - or, You know, just a fan? 🤦🏿‍♂️
Forthas - 6/20/2023, 7:48 AM
Micheal Keaton comes back in two films to reprise his role as the caped is cancelled after it has been shot and the other is the first box office bomb for Keaton as Batman tarnishing his legacy. That studio sure knows how to kill careers.
MosquitoFarmer - 6/20/2023, 7:59 AM
@Forthas - Yeah, I'm sure Keaton's career is dead... *cough*
Forthas - 6/20/2023, 8:09 AM
@MosquitoFarmer - Few more bombs like this and it will be.
regularmovieguy - 6/20/2023, 8:16 AM

Lol Keaton is going to be fine 😂
Saga - 6/20/2023, 9:30 AM
@Forthas - yeah because when i think Box Office draw i think Michael Keaton 🤦🏿‍♂️dudes been in a Ton of flops yet hes still working, he even has a sequel to his most famous role on the way
Forthas - 6/20/2023, 9:39 AM
@Saga - Michael Keaton has a ton of flops????
TheShape9859 - 6/20/2023, 8:26 AM
Back at the church from the original Batman!!! Nice!!
DCfan84 - 6/20/2023, 8:28 AM
noahthegrand - 6/20/2023, 8:31 AM
Amazing set design. Just like the 89 film
slickrickdesigns - 6/20/2023, 8:36 AM
I wish they’d just let the corridor crew finish the vfx for the batgirl movie.
Blergh - 6/20/2023, 8:45 AM
Would have loved to see it, still not sure if the choice to cancel it was as financially responsible as Zaslav made it out to be.

Money made by cancelling:
- max 50% reimbursement of losses and perhaps an extension of debt limits. Can’t be higher than that

Money made by releasing in multiple avenues (not HBO Max)
- licensing fees from as many streaming services as possible
- merchandising sales of toys (at least Batman, Batgirl and Firefly would sell)
- long term licensing fees from cable networks
- long term income from home media releases (even more if the film is included in full edition box sets).

I’m not a business man but a filmmaker but to me the choice is weird and off.
These films (incl Scoob) are basically finished, the would make tons of money in the long run.
But it’s short term they seem to want/need.

Perhaps Zaslav is planning to pump and dump?
ObserverIO - 6/20/2023, 9:21 AM
@Blergh - People said it was "Almost as good as" Black Adam. Black Adam flopped. They should've cancelled both. They should have cancelled The Flash. And Shazam 2. And Aquaman. Maybe Blue Beetle.

James Gunn should have a very important word with himself about his future plans.

Maybe connecting to the DCEU and keeping TSS and Peacemaker canon aren't such good ideas.
Maybe bombarding us with pre-existing superheroes in the first movie is not a good idea. Or in any movie. Maybe alienating the GA leads to a miopic niche audience and low box office returns.

Maybe take it slowly this time. Step by step. Explain things to the audience this time. Maybe even show the things that need explaining. I know that's a crazy idea, but it worked for Marvel. It worked for the comics.

Bite the bullet and do it properly this time. The way that has proven to work every time rather than the way that has proven to fail every time. I mean is that too [frick]ing logical?!?!?!

DocSpock - 6/20/2023, 11:45 AM
@ObserverIO -

Oh, that we should be so lucky.

Not looking good though.

Twenty23Three - 6/20/2023, 8:46 AM
I can’t wait to see this when it shows up one day. The idea of getting Keaton back and using him for all this is hilariously stupid I’ll never get my head around it
GhostDog - 6/20/2023, 8:56 AM
I want to see this. You get more Keaton at the very least.
TheHumanSpider2 - 6/20/2023, 9:38 AM
The studio that considered The Flash "the best comic book movie ever", considered this movie "unreleasable" this point, I dont know if this is good or bad.
massdeath - 6/20/2023, 9:48 AM
Has there even been a worse managed cinematic universe? At least Dark Universe had the sense to bow out early.
LenSkivorskiJr - 6/20/2023, 10:40 AM
[frick] Batgirl

DocSpock - 6/20/2023, 11:46 AM

I thought this smelly carcass was long dead and buried.

Stop trying to dig it up.

MarvelZombie616 - 6/20/2023, 12:30 PM
The Batgirl movie looks very good.
I bet it was.
Warner Bros & to a lesser extent James Gunn are full of shit.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 6/20/2023, 3:35 PM
Now this dude knew how to light Batman. Those shots look better than anything in Flash.

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