Warner Bros. announced that planned HBO Max features Batgirl and Scoob!: Holiday Haunt will not be released, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  In the wake of the merger with Discovery, Warner Bros. no longer plans to make features for direct-to-streaming release, according to the report.  The studio had already completed shooting on the live action Batgirl, which starred Leslie Grace in the title role, along with J.K. Simmons, Brendan Fraser, Rebecca Front, Corey Johnson, and reprising his role as Batman, Michael Keaton (see "’Batgirl’ Casting").  The animated Scoob!: Holiday Haunt feature was slated to be the sequel to Scoob!, which went straight to streaming in the early days of the Covid pandemic (see "’Scoob!’ Goes Straight to Streaming").

Crunchyroll has released a trailer (see below) for the Chainsaw Man anime, which will debut on the streamer in October, simulcasting worldside.  Crunchyroll has streaming, licensing, and consumer product right for the series worldwide outside of Asia (see "Plans for ‘Chainsaw Man’ Anime").  Chainsaw Man has been one of the top manga properties in North America (see "Top Manga Franchises – Spring 2022") without the benefit of an anime, one of the few top manga series able to make that claim.  With the addition of anime exposure, manga sales for the title are likely to hit a new level.

Warner Bros. announced a date for its upcoming musical sequel to Joker, which will star Joaquin Phoenix, returning in the title role, and and Lady Gaga (see "Lady Gaga in ‘Joker’ Musical"); Joker: Folie a Deux will premiere October 4, 2024.  The date was announced via video (see below).

Sony will release Alcon Entertainment’s animated feature Garfield on February 16, 2024, according to Deadliine.  The film will star Chris Pratt in the title role, and Samuel L. Jackson as Garfield’s father.  Cartoonist Jim Davis will serve as executive producer, and David Reynolds (Finding Nemo) wrote the screenplay.  Viacom bought rights owner Paws Inc. in 2019 (see "Viacom To Acquire Garfield").

Creation Entertainment and Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment will produce a convention devoted to all things Game of Thrones December 9-11 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the companies announced.  Stars Kit Harrington, Alfie Allen, Jack Gleeson, Kristofer Hivju, Kristian Nairn, Daniel Portman, Gemma Whelan, and Isaac Hempstead Wright are slated to appear.