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CEO of Warner Bros. parent cut ‘Batgirl’ because he ‘didn’t believe in it’

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controversial decision to cancel releases for “Batgirl” and “Scoob!: Holiday Haunt.”“We’re not going to launch a movie until it’s ready,” Zaslav said on a a quarterly earnings call late Thursday. “We’re not going to launch a movie to make a quarter and we’re not going to put a movie out unless we believe in it.”Warner Bros.

Discovery, whose properties include HBO, CNN, Warner Bros., HGTV and TLC, shocked fans when it announced earlier this week it would scrap the already-completed “Batgirl,” starring “In the Heights” star Leslie Grace.

While cutting “Batgirl” and the animated sequel to 2020’s “Scoob!” will likely save the media giant a fortune in marketing costs and any back-end payouts, it rattled employees, who according to Puck News, call Zaslav “the butcher” behind closed doors.Since the $43 billion merger of Discovery and WarnerMedia closed, Zaslav has displayed a no-nonsense, budget-focused leadership style that has translated to more than a few rip-the-Band-Aid-off decisions.

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