@Time-Control-Magician Yeah, it is to save money. Meaning that it can't be seen or leaked. That money being saved relies on no one selling or putting out the footage. If a scene magically gets out, that tax write off is for nothing.
Warner would do anything to revoke access to something like that. Why do they think they can gain access still is the off part.
Before and after this, Warner has been the obvious villain in the public.
- Ray Fisher
- putting films on Max w/o alerting creatives (WW2)
- destroying DC Universe app
I can keep going on. Warner is winning the award for villain of the decade.
I'm aware of everything you've brought up. Using test screenings has been ineffective because there are other films with mention of poor test screenings that are still coming out. Not to mention every other week there's a newer Ezra story and that film is inevitably coming out in theatres.
If anything, a lot of these performative stunts are to battle the speculation that the film would be trash, which the public still has yet to make a decision on because they haven't seen it.
I'm not buying the keepsake bit. These are directors that know the business. With that awareness comes the understanding that Warner can't allow access to property they don't want to get out.
The saving of money part relies on the film not magically leaking or parts of it being sold. This is not a partnership where Adil & Bilall's production company team up to make Batgirl. They were hired and the film was shelved.