I didn't realize how just the threat of the strike fucks over the ability to make the film. Even though the union retracted it, WB doesn't want to risk spending three years with this gargantuan project in troubled waters. It's like deciding if you should keep you babysitter after she seriously threatens to cut you child's throat, only for her to say it was all a bluff minutes before her shift starts.
Peter is right, the worst damage is done. I hope they can make a deal Monday but Jesus, I certainly don't blame WB if they decide to move the production. Money is tight along with the relaxation of knowing actors won't threaten to cut your balls off they'll get better tax incentives elsewhere. Still.... hope they reach an agreement. New Zealand is as much of a character in this universe as anyone.