Kevin Smith thinks Warner Bros. Discovery can’t tell the difference between a hero and a villain, saying it’s “an incredibly bad look to cancel the Latina Batgirl movie,” while moving forward with The Flash, whose star Ezra Miller is acting like “the reverse Flash in real life.”
The conversation came as part of his ongoing web series Hollywood Babble-On, which was recorded at Flapper’s Comedy Club in Burbank, CA. “I don’t give a shit how bad the Batgirl movie is,” Smith said. “Nobody in that movie [is] very complicated or [has] anything in their real life you have to market around. But in The Flash movie, we all know there’s a big problem.”
“Yeah, Flash is a supervillain,” his co-host Ralph Garman quipped, referencing the multiple arrests for misconduct and accusations of grooming leveled against Miller. Last week, reports suggested that an increasingly paranoid Miller was wearing body armor and carrying a gun everywhere they go, even as alleged victims likened them to a cult leader.
“I don’t give a shit if [Batgirl]was absolute fucking dogshit,” continued Smith, “I guarantee you that it wasn’t. The two directors who directed that movie did a couple of episodes of Ms. Marvel, and it was a wonderful fucking show, and they had more money to do Batgirl than they had to do an episode of Ms. Marvel.”
Batgirl got a big push from Warner Bros. as they single-mindedly built up their streaming platform HBO Max. The movie had been completed at a $90 million price tag, but the young heroine played by Leslie Grace met a fate worse than death last week, when the newly-merged company Warner Bros. Discovery went full supervillain, axing the story in order to save an estimated $15-20 million in tax write-offs.