As Marvel announced its plans for Phases 5 and 6 at SDCC 2022, fans were surely excited for the movies to come. However, it seems that a slight error could have confirmed that Eternals also gets a sequel despite mixed reviews. On Today’s show, Patton Oswalt, who stars as “Pip the Troll,” has confirmed the sequel and revealed that Chloe Zhao will return as director. As Marvel is set to release Eternals 2Warner Bros lambasted for being sidelined’bat girl‘ starring Leslie Grace alongside JK Simmons, Michael Keaton and Brendan Fraser despite spending nearly $100 million.
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Why was bat girl sidelined?
bat girl, based on the popular DC comic book character, will not be released theatrically or stream on HBO Max. Originally, the film was made for HBO Max release. During the pandemic, the budget had ballooned to nearly $100 million. Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the film was screening for audiences but was poorly received by them. This led to DC’s ultimate disaster, leading the studio to cut its losses and race for the brand’s future. The movie didn’t receive a single mention at DC’s Comic-Con panel. It looks like DC isn’t ready to take the plunge like Marvel, having received its fair share of poor reviews. The In the heights Actress Leslie Grace released a statement and posted it to Twitter along with #Batgirl For Life.
I feel blessed to have worked among great absolutes and forged lifelong relationships in the process! To all Batgirl fans – THANK YOU for the love and belief, which allowed me to take the course and become, as Babs said best, “my own fucking hero!” #bat girl for life! 🦇 pic.twitter.com/4D9ZM87Ytu
— Leslie Grace (@lesliegrace) August 4, 2022
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After the disastrous decision called a “strategic change”, fans blasted WB and DC for shelving them bat girl. Additionally, there have been reports that super girl featuring Sasha Calle could also face the axe. As a result, fans rallied behind bat girl on Twitter, considering that none of the cast and crew members attached deserved this shocking news after hours of effort.
Leslie Grace, Brendan Fraser, Michael Keaton, JK Simmons and everyone who worked on the film deserves so much better. The fans deserve so much better! #SaveBatgirl #ReleaseBatgirlMovie ✌️🦇 pic.twitter.com/KpVamqnzNS
— Joakim Krane Bech (@JoakimKraneBech) August 2, 2022
Show some respect to the cast and crew.
It was created, so release it.
It’s completely absurd.
– casually obsessed with Brendan Fraser’s left eyebrow (@twit_tor) August 3, 2022
Eternals 2 Apparently Confirmed Despite Mixed Reviews
Despite grossing millions, the MCU Phase 4 films were the lowest in terms of critical and financial success. Back when Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao was attached to Eternals, fans were expecting a cinematic MCU masterpiece instead of the “form-form” movie model that had nearly saturated the genre. However, Eternals opened to mixed reception and became the lowest-rated MCU film to date. As a result, fans feared the movie wouldn’t even get a sequel despite its star-studded cast. Fortunately, according to actor Patton Oswalt, the film will have a sequel with the return of Chloe Zhao.
Warner Bros. does not trust its directors unlike Marvel
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The mothballing of a multimillion-dollar film drew bad press from Warner Bros. (again) and shows that the studio lacks confidence in its directors. But for CEO David Zaslav, that’s not unusual, and he would have split Warner Bros. in several segments, with DC-based film production being one of them. While this could genuinely be a strategic shift given that the DCEU has been in shambles with its disjointed lineup of films, WB has always been on the forefront of not trusting its directors. From Zack Snyder to David Ayer, the studio has been accused of limiting artistic integrity in exchange for financial gain. While Marvel Studios has been accused in the past of limiting its directors to following a certain blueprint, the announcement of Eternals 2 despite mixed reviews shows that Marvel still trusts its directors, unlike its biggest rival.