10 Warner Bros. Movies and TV Shows The new CEO, David Zaslav, has since left
David Zaslav has been the CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery since the two companies merged in April, and during that time, it has made many controversial decisions, including canceling Scoob 2 i Batgirl. The CEO is cleaning house, reining in excessive spending and canceling some projects that have been in development since before the merger, including those that are already completed.
Zaslav has the power to cancel shows on The CW, HBO and HBO Max projects, and anything from Warner Bros., and he’s done just that. There have been so many cancellations that the past few months have been jokingly nicknamed Zaslav’s Axe. These projects are not the entirety of Zaslav’s victims, as more have been canceled since April. And it’s got some worried about what’s next.
Director JJ Abrams has a bunch of exciting projects coming up, whether it’s a portal film adaptation or his highly anticipated Superman film. Demimonde was also one of those projects, which was a sci-fi series that had been in the works for over four years. But Zaslav canceled the sci-fi show in June. Because Zaslav has focused on saving costs wherever possible, this was a huge savings, he said colliderthe show needed a budget of $200 million.
This isn’t the only Abrams-related show in trouble either, as his production company, Bad Robot, hasn’t lived up to its promises following its $250 million deal with Warner Bros. in 2019. According to The Hollywood ReporterZaslav is “frustrated” by the company’s lack of production despite having rights Constantine i Madame X.
enchanted is a reboot of the wildly successful 2000s show of the same name, but the new iteration of the fantasy series didn’t do so well with viewers. The show was canceled in May and was one of many CW series to be canceled in a huge announcement that must have been very disappointing for fans. But that might have been for the best, as some think it’s one of the worst TV show reboots ever.
The show still had a great run as it ran for four seasons, and there were close to 20 episodes per season, which is almost unheard of by today’s standards of six to nine episode limited series. It even wrapped everything up perfectly as well, tying into the original series with an epic multiverse finale.
Roswell: New Mexico
The same that enchanted, Roswell: New Mexico it’s also a reboot, but it was always weird that WB chose to reboot the show in the first place. The original was never that well-received or popular in the first place, and the reboot unfortunately didn’t improve on the premise of the supernatural alien teen drama, sitting at a lowly 6.1 on IMDb. The same enchanted announcement, it was revealed that New Mexico was not renewed.
It’s almost like the studio is repeating the same mistake they made Blade Runner. Although the original is a cult classic, it bombed at the box office in 1982, but the studio still greenlit an R-rated sequel to the film 30 years later and gave it a budget of 200 millions of dollars. Unsurprisingly, despite being great, Blade Runner 2049 bombarded The Roswell The franchise has an almost identical history.
4400 is another reboot of a successful series from the 2000s, and it always felt strange to reboot a mystery series that has concluded and the mystery solved. Zaslav seemed to think so too, as TV line reported that it was canceled in May.
4400 The episodes aired weekly on The CW, and did exceptionally low numbers, according to Showbuzz Daily, the season finale drew less than 250,000 viewers, so it’s no surprise that the plug has been pulled. The show is one of WB’s biggest failures as it was canceled after a single season of 13 episodes.
Naomi was a brand new show that premiered earlier this year, but despite receiving great critical acclaim, the show was canceled in May. However, what it does NaomiThe cancellation of more interesting than the rest is the force behind it. The show was being headlined by Ava DuVernay, so it seems no one is safe from Zaslav’s axe.
And, once again, the show was only for one season, and the announcement came just a week after the final episode aired. It’s the closest a CW show has come to being canceled outright mid-production, which has unfortunately happened to many shows, and the final episodes never aired. It’s also not the only Arrowverse show being canceled this year, as both Legends of Tomorrow i Batwoman were also cancelled.
The wonderful twins
The wonderful twins is a team of DC superheroes, and the duo can transform into any water form and animal they want. I black adam writer Adam Sztykiel was attached to write the script. The project was announced in February this year, but the merger was still two months away. And as soon as it happened, it was canceled immediately.
It’s a wonder how the project even made it to the development stage, especially since it’s not that well-known as a property and there are so many other, more well-known DC characters that haven’t made their big screen debut yet. The film was canceled due to its $75 million budget, which is actually not that high for a superhero film, and the studio thought it was too much of a risk.
Raised by Wolves
Raised by Wolves has two full seasons, is incredibly critically acclaimed, and the first two episodes were directed by Ridley Scott. If that name doesn’t give prestige to the streaming program, nothing will. The series is one of the weirdest TV shows ever, as it follows two androids who try to control human beliefs on a mysterious planet. But unfortunately, it was abruptly canceled in June.
Although it is not clear how much Raised by Wolves cost to produce, has a blockbuster movie look, and that has to come at a price. Zaslav must have weighed the production cost with the audience and simply concluded it wasn’t worth it. Just as the studio boss quietly removed six movies from HBO Max, even though they’re finished movies, it cost the streamer too much to host them, and it’s pointless if no one watches them .
in the dark
in the dark had an interesting premise as it followed a blind woman who set out to solve her best friend’s murder. But the show began to suffer when the crime was solved, as there was nowhere for the series to go, but it was still successful enough to greenlight more seasons.
This problem happens in the best programs, even Twin Peaks, but after four seasons, the ax was finally dropped in May. The fourth season is not over yet, but the episodes have still been released. And with three episodes to go, creator Corinne Kingsbury promises a satisfying ending, as the final episode was re-recorded to avoid a cliffhanger ending.
Scoob 2: Holiday Haunt
In what is a huge shock, Zaslav canceled the launch of Scoob 2: Holiday Haunt, which was already in post-production and had a release scheduled for December 2022. While it may seem ridiculous to cancel the release of a film when it is almost complete, marketing a film and putting it on movie theaters generally cost as much as the production budget. So the studio has so little faith in it that they think it would be safer to mark it as a cancellation.
It’s hard to understand success Scoob it was, as its theatrical release was delayed due to COVID-19, but it got a limited release later on. The film earned $27 million worldwide, which is pennies on the dollar when it comes to its $90 million budget. However, while it doesn’t count for much, it went straight to video-on-demand and second The Hollywood Reporterwas the third most popular VOD movie during the pandemic.
Together with Scoob 2it was also reported that the almost completed Batgirl would be archived. The original plan was for Leslie Grace to star Batgirl to go straight to HBO Max, and there were rumors earlier this year that it would be released in theaters, meaning the studio seemed to be happy with the film. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth as not only is it skipping theaters, it’s skipping streaming services.
But the Batgirl cancellation may not mean it’s a bad movie. It could mean that Zaslav and co. they simply want to go in a different direction with the DCEU rather than further confuse the general public. A DCEU release Batgirl it doesn’t make much sense if Zaslav is looking for his own Kevin Feige-type figure to lead the universe. And at the very least, it increases the chances of Superman coming back. Either way, it’s a $90 million loss for Warner Bros., minus the tax breaks, of course.
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