Earlier today it was confirmed that the wonder twins The film, itself announced for only three months, had officially been abandoned at HBO Max. Reportedly, the film was a causality of the WB-Discovery merger and was born out of the CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery’s David Zaslav wanted to cap the cost of original films for the streaming service. Zaslav apparently wants movies for HBO Max to have a maximum budget of $35 million, which the wonder twins would have exceeded forty millions. The response to the film’s cancellation didn’t exactly come as a surprise to DC fans, but the amount of money that would have been spent on the film certainly was.
Riverdale’s KJ Apa and 1883’s Isabel May were cast in the lead roles of Zan and Jayna just over a month ago with director Adam Sztykiel set to step behind the camera. In an interview May conducted right after booking the role, and literally days before it was canceled, she expressed her excitement for the role and offered some insight into the tone they were aiming for, telling Told The reading listit is The Bingeworthy Podcast: “I love discovering certain characters, so I read everything [of the comics]. I know they’re kind of the butt of the joke, sort of, but that’s what’s so fun is that you can go anywhere with them. And so I read all the comics they’re in and even watched the show [‘Super Friends’], and that’s not it, okay? It’s a different time, and we kind of do a different thing… I guess I can’t really say anything, but I think [the approach] is really unique and fun.”
Although the movie fell by the wayside, some DC fans can’t believe it was even being considered anyway, while others are disappointed it didn’t make it to the theaters. See the litany of reactions to the news below.
So Wonder Twins got canceled because they thought the budget was too high for an HBO Max movie😭💀
— CLOSED (@JonnsChocos) May 18, 2022
$75 million?! What?! Listen, I love the twin wonders as much as the next dude, but 75 million seems a bit too much for their own series. And this about a brother and sister team that can shape change
They are not NASA people. don’t be expensive https://t.co/fpwASHIVfG
— Lazy Universe (@TheLazyOtaku2) May 18, 2022
They were never gonna do that
It took them several decades to make a Flash movie, and they only managed to make it work because they put Batman in it twice.
They were never, ever going to make that Wonder Twins movie. https://t.co/9Ez9pfX3g7
— Mike Christensen (SupergeekMike) (@supergeekmike) May 18, 2022
It should be a low budget comedy
If Warner Bros. made a Wonder Twins movie, it should be a low-budget comedy where they lose their powers at the start and spend the movie figuring out who they are without them, then get them back just before the credits roll. They do NOT need more than $35 million for this. Just a good script. https://t.co/xyb8NaLKYi
— Jay Justice♿️🇯🇲🏳️🌈 (@thatjayjustice) May 18, 2022
I can not believe it
I can’t believe someone at HBO Max went so far as to almost make a Wonder Twins movie for $75 million before it shut down 2 months before production. How big of a fan base did they think they were working with to throw that kind of money at a Wonder Twins movie? pic.twitter.com/L7wdGIvozI
— 𝓓𝖔𝖈𝖙𝖔𝖗 𝓦𝖔𝖑𝖋𝖚𝖑𝖆 🌖 (@DoctorWolfula) May 18, 2022
…for a *wonder twins* movie?
is that the budget of an evil sponge?
— Weird Owlbadger Yankovic (@badgertastical) May 19, 2022
An emotional rollercoaster
What an emotional roller coaster it has been. First of all, I heard about the movie Wonder Twins a little over a minute ago. Then, learning that it was canceled just under a minute ago. I’m exhausted. https://t.co/ByfR31GI7O
— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) May 18, 2022