The DC Extended Universe has had a rocky start, no doubt. Love or hate the films, their polarizing reception intimates much is to be desired. While Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Suicide Squad have all experienced financial success, WB is thinking bigger. Perhaps the most critiqued aspect of the universe thus far is its grit and darkness. There are those who adore this take on the beloved characters, and those who prefer to see more traditional interpretations. Needless to say, the studio has been listening to both sides and is working to make changes.
Zack Snyder recently touched on how these changes are being implemented into Justice League. Geoff Johns added further explanation, stating the hope and light often seen in the characters would be put on display. Now a Warner Bros. executive has spoken on the impending alterations to the DCEU.
During a Q&A at Goldman Sachs’ Communacopia investor conference, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes noted (via Collider):
There’s “a little room for improvement” in the creative vision and how it’s executed. “The DC Comics characters… have a little more lightness in them than maybe what you saw in [Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad], so we’re thinking about that.”
They’ve successfully launched the DC stable of characters with new incarnations, continued Bewkes. Now, the focus can shift to bettering the creative side of things as the films move forward. “The strategy worked. The execution did deliver what we wanted to do. We can do a little better on the creative… We’re right on course or better.”
Bewkes also noted the studio’s still sticking to the plan to release DC films through 2020. These are exciting times, as we still await details on Batman’s solo, and the eventual releases of Cyborg’s film and Green Lantern Corps. They’ll certainly benefit from the changes being made, as Justice League is currently. However, we have to ponder what this means for Wonder Woman. Was her film already on a different track than the three DCEU movies we’ve seen? We’ll know, “more or less,” once that film hits theaters June 2, 2017. Justice League will follow on November 17.
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