Not only did BATGIRL conclude filming, but it also boasted several respected Hollywood talents like Leslie Grace as the titular character, Micheal Keaton reprising his role as Batman, with additional roles played by J.K. Simmons and Brendan Fraser.
“They think an unspeakable Batgirl is going to be irredeemable,” one source said, according to PinkNews.
There may be a specific reason why Warner Bros. did not believe in BATGIRL’s theatrical success.
It was well known before release that BATGIRL would introduce DC Films’ first transgender character, played by transgender actor Ivory Aquino.
Whether studios want to state their motive, they know that catering to a small minority audience will not result in the most profit—as evidenced by Disney Pixar’s LIGHTYEAR.
Perhaps, the decision comes from Warner Bros.’s understanding that ‘wokeness’ does not sell, at least among the largest audiences.
The scrapped project’s directors, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, previously worked on the TV series MS. MARVEL, which comic book fans and MCU fans ridiculed.
Movieguide® noted of the series: “It should concern all people, but especially Christian parents, that MS. MARVEL seems to reflect the current politically correct, radical left approach to ‘diversity.'”
Most recently, Disney saw the consequences of bowing its knee to the radical, politically left ideas in Pixar’s recent blockbuster LIGHTYEAR and Disney+ children’s shows like BAYMAX!
Movieguide® previously reported on Pixar’s recent box office bomb, LIGHTYEAR, which only made $50M in its opening weekend:
As of June 16, 2022, LIGHTYEAR holds a 79% on Rotten Tomatoes, the lowest of any TOY STORY movie.
But if a bland story wasn’t enough to discourage avid TOY STORY fans, the movie’s ideological and worldview issues should.
According to Movieguide®’s review, “Buzz isn’t really the hero of this story. His lesbian friend, Alisha, is the real hero. Eventually, it’s her life that inspires Buzz, her granddaughter and everyone else.”
“Thus, the whole movie becomes a validation of LGBT ideology and an attack on masculinity and the biblical view of family. LIGHTYEAR also taints the TOY STORY franchise, because it says the politically correct movie became Andy’s favorite movie.”
It is clear from early reviews that inclusivity and woke ideology are not enough to hold up a lackluster story.
Despite the influx of LGBTQ content across the board in entertainment, the evidence shows that these projects make a lackluster profit.
In Movieguide®’s Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry, movies that contain LGBTQ+ content or politically correct themes consistently underperform at the box office.
A portion of Movieguide®’s 2021 report reads:
We screened more than 600 television programs and 220 movies in the past year, producing 362 comprehensive reviews. This analysis is based on 187 theatrical movies released nationally in 2021 and reviewed in depth by MOVIEGUIDE®…
…movies released in 2021 with very strong Christian/redemptive content (CCC) outperformed movies with very strong humanist (HHH) or anti-Christian/anti-biblical content (AbAbAb), by significant amounts, 171% and 2,191%, respectively!
Year in and year out, obscene movies with great amounts of foul language, graphic sexual content, and explicit sexual nudity do worse than movies with little to no foul language, sex and sexual nudity.
The report also looked at the all-time box office charts, and found that movies with moral and biblical worldviews find lasting success at the box office.
A recent example was the patriotic blockbuster hit of the year, TOP GUN: MAVERICK—which recently surpassed TITANIC on the list to take the No. 7 spot (not adjusted for inflation).
The report reads:
The All-Time Box Office Charts prove, whether adjusting for inflation or not, that filmmakers and studio executives have a very good chance of being financially successful if their movies contain strong positive Christian content, biblical principles or content, godly virtues, traditional moral values, and no explicit sex and nudity, no excessive or graphic foul language, and no graphic violence.
While mainstream media may point the finger at Warner Bros. for its lack of inclusion, major studios understand that moral, uplifting content will outperform immoral content and woke ideology at the box office.
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