Until this week, it was difficult to contemplate the imminent film of batgirl with more than a tired sigh. The film, which starred Leslie Grace and was directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, reportedly appeared to be yet another faltering attempt by Warner Bros to expand the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) in every possible direction without any sort of overarching plan. . In other words, it was destined to be quickly forgotten.
But not that fast. Because this week, Warner Bros Discovery revealed that no one was ever going to see batgirl. Not in theaters, not in streaming, or anywhere. And this isn’t because they scrapped it during development, either. The project is finished. It was filmed in Glasgow over four months at the beginning of the year. It had a budget of 90 million dollars. Apparently, though, according to insiders, the entire project is so terrible that the studio would rather hide it than let anyone see it. And this is a studio that just released DC League of Super Pets, so it must be a disaster indeed.
Of course, this may not be the end of batgirl. If the last few years are any indication, then it will only take a handful of fanboys furious and his auxiliary army of bot to pressure Warner Bros to release the cut of batgirl. However, if it really is the end – if batgirl she is destined to remain in a strong chamber unseen until the end of time – then at least she is in decent company. Here are some other infamous movies that have never made it out.
The Day the Clown Cried
Arguably the most infamous example of unseen movies, The day the clown cried it was Jerry Lewis’s attempt to merge a clown movie with a Holocaust movie. Almost unrelentingly bleak – the film ends with Lewis’s clown leading a Jewish girl by the hand into a gas chamber – the film ran into a number of problems during its production. First it ran out of money and then, after Lewis had spent $2 million of his own money to finish it, one of the writers declared it a “disaster” and prevented Lewis from releasing it. Lewis himself ended up changing his mind, telling Entertainment Weekly in 2013: “No one will ever see it, because I’m ashamed of that poor job.” Jerry Lewis died in 2017 and the movie has yet to be released.
I Love You, Daddy
This film came unexpectedly in 2017, when it was revealed that comedian Louis CK had secretly written, directed and financed the entire project following the collapse of the previously announced project. I’m a Cop. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, with the release scheduled for that November. However, the premiere was canceled a week in advance when the newspaper New York Times published a damaging article about CK’s sexual misconduct with women. To compound the problem, the plot of the film was about an elderly director who seduces a 17-year-old girl. The film has not yet been officially released, but it is not difficult to find a copy on the internet. As they say, it is not very good.
Well, this one is intriguing. Cobra Gator is a Syfy network film, directed by Jim Wynorski for Roger Corman, about a mad scientist who combines the DNA of a king cobra with that of an alligator, and watches in dismay as the resulting creature goes on a rampage. The movie was shot in two weeks in 2014, and starred Michael Madsen. A trailer was released, and despite this, the film never made it to television. We can only guess why this happened, though it may not have lived up to the high quality of Syfy’s other work like The five-headed shark attack either mansquito. Still, even if, Cobra Gator He left us an incredible poster.
Empires of the Deep
A $130 million 3D underwater fantasy starring Olga Kurylenko as the mermaid queen sounds like the best movie of 2011. Empires of the Deep. The brainchild of billionaire businessman Jon Jiang, the production hired James Cameron collaborator Randall Frakes to develop the story, and 10 other screenwriters to write it. However, being a Sino-American co-production, the film quickly ran into a number of communication and cultural problems. The team complained about delays in payments. An actress complained about unsafe working conditions and walked off the set; the producers retaliated by withholding her passport. According to reports, Empires of the Deepa terrible film, failed to find distribution in 2014, and a crowdfunding campaign in 2016 failed to help bring it to screens.
And now a happy ending. In 2018 it was announced that Michael Flatley – yes, that Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley – had written, directed, financed and starred in a thriller of globetrotting spies called black bird. Not much information was known about the film, other than most of it seemed to show Flatley wearing a fedora and looking off into the distance. It was first screened at London’s Raindance film festival in September 2018, but generated zero criticism or reaction on Twitter, and – despite Flatley’s insistence that Black Bird 2 was in pre-production – quickly disappeared from view. However, miracles do exist. Last month Flatley announced that black bird it would be released in Irish cinemas in September. Ingeniously, a group of fans have also secured a screening for September 2, on an Imax screen no less. Maybe one day, if the stars align, they can do the same with batgirl.