Banned films, from “Batgirl” to “The day the clown cried”


Yelling “it’s over” does not guarantee that a movie will be screened for the public.

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While most film industry watchers expected the merger between WarnerMedia and Discovery to bring about big changes, few predicted that the previously filmed “Batgirl” movie would never see the light of day. As movie studios try to extract as many movies as possible from the comic book IP they control, the idea of ​​scrapping a DC movie featuring Michael Keaton returning as Batman was unthinkable. for many.

But while it’s true that such a high-profile tax-deduction movie is a new phenomenon in Hollywood, “Batgirl” is far from the first finished film that will ever see the light of day. Ever since people have been making movies, people have been blocking their release. Hollywood history is littered with controversial films that ultimately weren’t released for various reasons.

Moviegoers interested in weird historical treats have been keeping tabs on scrapped movies for years, so IndieWire has put together a list of the most interesting. Sometimes movies are pulled by studios or backers, but sometimes the artists themselves decide they’d rather the public never see their work. Sometimes the reasoning is questionable, but sometimes everyone can agree that movies shouldn’t be released. Either way, for the foreseeable future, these eight films are banned from US viewers.

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