There have been questions about whether the ongoing Warner Bros drama – which seems practically apocalyptic to the ever-agitated television and movie crowd – would have an impact on free-to-play phenom MultiVersus. For those who haven’t been following the news – and we don’t blame you if you haven’t – the multimedia giant, now merged with Discovery, recently canned a completed Batgirl movie and has announced plans to fuse streaming services HBO Max and Discovery+ next year.
Many are concerned by the stark change in direction, but Player First Games bigwig Tony Huynh has insisted there’ll be no impact on its Super Smash Bros-inspired game. “For those wondering, we are unaffected by the Discovery [and] Warner Bros merger,” he explicitly stated. It’s worth mentioning that the developer is independent, and has a publishing deal with Warner Bros Interactive, so is shielded from the chaos occurring with HBO Max.
However, the timing of MultiVersus’ recent season delay probably didn’t help. That was announced right around the same time as Batgirl’s cancellation, and some fans put two-and-two together. The reality is that service games are hard to make, and the platform fighter’s still technically in open beta. Considering how popular the game has become, it’s probably best for the developer to take a little extra time to get things right, rather than rush content out of the door.
The entire WB drama has me for the most part worried about the company and its projects. Glad MultiVersus is one of the very few WB properties unaffected by this purging. I hope the animated projects I look forward to survive the big cut.
To be fair it seems it was only mostly completed. And given statements about needing to "protect" the characters it's extremely likely, given DC film history, the movie was just trash so maybe shelving it and developing a ten year plan will look quite sensible in a few years time. Feel bad for the people involved though.
Anyway also good to hear this won't impact Multiversus. Not my cup of tea but it seems quite popular.
I have no idea what multiversus is and until it was cancelled I had no idea batgirl even existed.
What happened to WB? I swear they used to be huge when I was a kid, with a WB cinema chain and WB stores (like Disney stores). Then they just disappeared 🤷♂️
WB are just completely destroying any goodwill they had. Shameful behaviour.
@zupertramp Don't care if is worst than Fantastic four 2015 and Catwoman 2004 combined! I want to see and confirm myself that indeed it is that bad and not take the word of the suit that brought us Honey Boo Boo 🤦
Dodged a bullet there. I shudder to think what would happen if the ever-agitated television and movie crowd were to merge with the ever-agitated gamer crowd.
I've just started to get into the Harley Quinn animated series, having never been overly fussed about any of the DC stuff, and it is an absolute joy, best adult animation I've seen in years. I'll be absolutely gutted if they cancel it, and would highly recommend it
@Victor_Meldrew the movie or the character?..
I think the shake up might do the studio well. A clean reset of the dceu (combined with quality oddbals like joker). I just never want to see anything like either suicide squads or matrix 4 again.
@Juanalf lol yeah I can see that. And if their track record weren't littered with abysmal decisions regarding their DC properties, I might also want to see it and judge for myself. This is kinda how I felt about the Snyder Cut but turns out, still mostly garbage. And as a DC fan it's just starting to get old so I'm willing to entertain the possibility maybe this is for the best. Just trying to silver lining this I guess.
@PapaGlitch Harley Quinn and the rest of their animated films are actually pretty good. Not sure why this never translates to live action.
Boycott Warner Bros and it's associates.
Worried about both the future of WarnerMedia and HBO Max. Shame
Good to hear. The WB drama has been pretty scary to see as someone who grew up on many WB/DC IP as a kid. I'm sure the Batgirl movie was probably not going to be very good but still at a $90 million dollar budget it's shocking to just see them say "eh forget about it."
This whole ordeal seems pretty crazy on the outside. Honestly I'm not unhappy the Scoob sequel was canned. I'm hoping they keep making the traditional Scooby-Doo direct to video movies.
@tameshiyaku yeah, The Matrix 4 was atrocious.
Disney stores are gone too. They scrapped them all a few years ago, only one left now
Its a pity that these companies have no vision and try to copy everything. They want to copy the Marvel succes while WB have made great solo movies they just want that sweet Marvel money.
Just like liveservice with gaming everyone wants to copy the formula that makes more money even if they have a good thing going.
Why would they be affected?
With regards to the Warner Bros drama people need to read the articles rather than the click bait headlines
the batgirl film was apparently terrible and was more use as a tax write off than to ever release
I can't imagine how bad the movie is to make wb just cancel it outright when the movie is nearly done.
Good to hear about Multiversus.
Its been quite some time since I kept up with anything WB outside of their games and some of their animated projects, and I haven't really bothered following the DCEU or the other live-action movies since Batman v Superman, so the current WB drama is news to me and its of course sad to hear.
Exactly this. Especially when you consider some of the movies they saw fit for human viewing like Wonder Woman 1984 and the first Suicide Squad.
Batgirl must have been stupendously awful to get canned by the likes of WB considering the trash they usually see fit to shove down the world’s throat.
@trev666 "the batgirl film was apparently terrible "
Batman & Robin, The Room and Birdemic are also terrible yet they are a blast to watch. Like I said above I don't want a reality TV loving suit deciding for me, If Morbius can be seen so can Batgirl.
I'd never even heard of this batgirl movie until all the reports it has been cancelled lol
@nessisonett How? I say they’re gaining it. Batwoman looks awful and they’re canning instead of releasing a terrible movie that will bring down their reputation. They are finally using quality control after The Batman was so good. They don’t want to keep releasing awful movies after each good one it seems.
@Korgon They’re finally realizing putting trash out is a bad idea. I see this as a good thing. I think they want to protect their image after the good The Batman did for it.
@Jaz007 You're guessing though, could be a dumb popcorn flick like Uncharted or it could be a total waste of time who knows. Also I think Sony pictures needs as much quality control as WB or maybe more 🙂
@Jaz007 First of all, it’s a Batgirl movie, not Batwoman. There was also not a single trailer released so it’s insane to say it looked terrible. Besides, quality should be determined by audiences rather than the studio heads who would rather funnel money into reality TV than anything else. And it’s shameful that the head of WB has the gall to say that Batgirl was cancelled due to ‘quality concerns’ but The Flash is still going ahead despite Ezra Miller being an out and out nutter.
@nessisonett So no quality control? This is the kind of logic that results in Cyberpunk at release and Fallout 76. They cancelled this after the reaction at preview showings, they didn’t like it. The test audience said no.
And from what I’ve seen, it just looks bad to me. The people who’ve seen seem to agree with my intuition.
And I don’t know much about the Flash, but as I understand they are allegations and nothing to do with the movie itself. We don’t want to trash someone’s career before actual proof, like Johnny Depo. That was shameful.
@Juanalf I’m don’t really think that movie should have been made either to be honest lol.
@nessisonett I at least want some consistency so that Flash movie should definitely be cancelled too, can it really be that good if Ezra is the lead who is awful in every way!? In summary let us see both movies or cancel them both.
I don’t know if anybody has said this out loud, but I think “MultiVersus” is a pretty solid name for a game like this…
@nessisonett "but The Flash is still going ahead"
Give it time.
Despite Ezra miller apparently the Flash is a good film so thats why they are releasing it
@Juanalf Agree Sony pictures output could also do with quality control some of the films they release are awful. Its getting to the point where everything they release with a superhero in it is awful.
It would cost them more money to release it (Reshoot, re-edits, marketing, distribution) than to just shelve it, I reckon. Almost done for big projects doesn't mean much if it still needs polish.
In the gaming industry it is said, "it's playable. Start to finish."
Does it mean it's ready to be released?
Lol no. Could have been months, could have been years. Almost done doesn't mean it's ready.
Just as an almost done chicken isn't fit for consumption. An almost done movie or game isn't either.
Many are happy with this new direction by WB also. They lost a lot of money over the last few years releasing woke trash and at the end of the day people voted with their wallets.
@Milt Which Warner Bros animated projects are you looking forward to the most?
@KidBoruto Tiny Toons Looniversity (despite the whole controversy surrounding Buster and Babs), Looney Tunes movies like The Day the Earth Blew Up and Bye Bye Bunny, and The Gumball movie.
@Milt Great choices! I'm also looking forward to them all, plus the upcoming titles listed below as well.
Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons (Animated Film) - October 18
Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind (Animated Film)
Batman: Caped Crusader (Animated Series)
Batman: The Doom that Came to Gotham (Animated Film)
Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai Season 1 (Animated)
Justice League: Warworld (Animated Film)
Legion of Super Heroes (Animated Film)
My Adventures with Superman (Animated Series)
RWBY/Justice League (Animated Film)
Scooby-Doo! And the Mystery Pups (Animated Series)
The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim (Animated Film)
Bedrock (Animated Series)
Did I Do That to the Holidays? A Steve Urkel Story (Animated Film)
Merry Little Batman (Animated Film)
Tooned Out (Animated Series)
Tweety Mysteries (Animated Series)
Untitled Milestone film (Animated)
Untitled The Night Begins to Shine series (Animated)
Velma (Animated Series)
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