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Michael Keaton Reportedly Paid $2 Million for 'Glorified' Batgirl Cameo

CBR 10/22/2022 Aurora Amidon
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Batman's Michael Keaton was given $2 million to appear in Warner Bros.' now-shelved Batgirl, a report says.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Keaton put in around a week's worth of work for his role reprisal as Batman in the DCEU movie, leading sources to call his contribution a "glorified cameo." One dealmaker told the trade that the exorbitant pay made sense, explaining that, as an actor, “If you want to get paid, you have to put on a cape.” Yet, Batgirl was shelved back in Aug. 2022, with some test audience members allegedly saying that it was like "a bad episode of TV" – though studio insiders insisted that it was instead because of "desire for the studio’s slate of DC features to be at a blockbuster scale" and had nothing to do with "the quality of the film or the commitment of the filmmakers."

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Speculation Surrounding Batgirl's Cancelation

Some have theorized that Warner Bros. was simply looking for a tax write-off. Indeed a recent report claimed the decision was "seen internally as the most financially sound way to recoup the costs (at least, on an accountant’s ledger)." The cancelation of the movie, which was already shot and estimated to have cost between $70 and $90 million dollars, was an unprecedented move in Hollywood. Deadline's Justin Kroll said that, based on his three decades in the film journalism business, the move was "unprecedented." Writer/director Kevin Smith added, "It's an incredibly bad look to cancel the Latina Batgirl movie."

Not everyone disagrees with the choice to cancel Batgirl. Blumhouse Productions CEO Jason Blum said that, while he was "surprised" by the film's cancelation, he "understood" why Warner Bros. did it. You have a new management, so they want a new start and to brand DC in a certain way," he explained. Following the cancelation, Warner Bros. explained that the decision "reflects our leadership’s strategic shift as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max." Additionally, even the pay-enriched Keaton himself seemed rather neutral about the matter in recent comments, giving the company Warner Bros. Discovery the benefit of the doubt. "I think it was a business decision," he said. "I'm going to assume it was a good one. I really don’t know."

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However, fans of Batgirl star Leslie Grace may not be out of luck when it comes to the prospect of seeing the actor in a blockbuster film. Studio chiefs Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy are allegedly looking to "mend fences" with her and put her back in Barbara Gordon/Batgirl's costume for another standalone project or in a supporting role in a future DCEU film.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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