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DC Films is considered a mess right now, but it’s going to try to salvage itself by emulating its biggest and far more successful competitor.

Per Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, who took to the stage yesterday as part of his company’s quarterly financials report, DC has initiated a “reset” and will follow Marvel Studios’ 10-year-plan in a renewed attempt to get its own movies and film brand back on track. Zaslav went so far as to name-drop Disney and Marvel Studios’ biggest executives, admitting that they have managed to do things “very effectively.”

“We have done a reset,” Zaslav confirmed. “We’ve restructured the business where we’re going to focus, where there will be a team with a 10-year plan focusing just on DC. It’s very similar to the structure that Alan Horn and Bob Iger put together very effectively with Kevin Feige at Disney.”

Zaslav goes on to say that he hopes to “build a long-term, much stronger sustainable growth business out of DC,” explaining that the company is now focusing on quality over quantity.

“We’re not going to release any film before it’s ready,” he said. “We’re not going to release a film to make a quarter, we’re not going to release a film — the focus is going to be ‘how do we make each of these films, in general, as good as possible?’”

Zaslv was prompted to address investors following the recent news of Batgirl’s cancellation, which drew a lot of questions about the future of DC films. Batgirl being shelved was a huge surprise, as the movie had already been shot and reportedly cost around $100 million.

DC’s upcoming films include Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, and The Flash, all of which Zaslav have described as “terrific” and will be released in theaters as planned. The fate of the latter has been somewhat unclear, as its star, Ezra Miller, has been getting into lots of trouble, including getting arrested for disorderly conduct and harassment.

Source: Warner Bros. Discovery (via IGN)

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9 comments

  1. That's what they should have done from the beginning. They are more than 10 years late to the party, but whatever.
    This ^^^

    They rushed BvS and JL too soon. Had they gone first with solo WW, aquaman and batman films instead... well now we'll never know.
    Heck they haven't even released the Flash movie yet.
  2. I admit I liked Affleck Batman more than I thought I would - i kinda looked forward to some more of it. But I think that entire lineup is mostly dead.
    I did too. I was horrified by his casting initially, and the first trailer for Batman v. Superman put my mind at ease. I was very pleasantly surprised by his performance, physique and general portrayal of the character.

    Unfortunately, while I was very pleased with both Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck's Superman and Batman respectively, I hate the fact they were in largely mediocre movies. It's unfortunate we are unlikely to see them in films worthy of their portrayals. Neither one of them are young enough to portray these characters effectively for another ten plus years. Ben Affleck's casting was fantastic but they really needed to make Batman movies with him a good five to ten years earlier than they did.

    That being said, I'd be very interested to see a Batman Beyond movie with Affleck as old man Bruce. I think that's definitely possible. If not now, at some point in the future.
  3. Unfortunately, while I was very pleased with both Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck's Superman and Batman respectively, I hate the fact they were in largely mediocre movies.
    My thoughts exactly. Wasted talent and time. Cavill is much better served in Witcher now than he was as Superman, despite being a near-perfect match for both the roles.
  4. That being said, I'd be very interested to see a Batman Beyond movie with Affleck as old man Bruce. I think that's definitely possible. If not now, at some point in the future.
    I would be interested in this as well. I find myself more into the DC animated films than the live action films. Batman: The Long Halloween comes to mind.
  5. I did too. I was horrified by his casting initially, and the first trailer for Batman v. Superman put my mind at ease. I was very pleasantly surprised by his performance, physique and general portrayal of the character.

    Unfortunately, while I was very pleased with both Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck's Superman and Batman respectively, I hate the fact they were in largely mediocre movies. It's unfortunate we are unlikely to see them in films worthy of their portrayals. Neither one of them are young enough to portray these characters effectively for another ten plus years. Ben Affleck's casting was fantastic but they really needed to make Batman movies with him a good five to ten years earlier than they did.

    That being said, I'd be very interested to see a Batman Beyond movie with Affleck as old man Bruce. I think that's definitely possible. If not now, at some point in the future.
    Well, if Michael Keaton can still play Batman, I'm sure Affleck would be fine for at least 10 more years.
  6. I would be interested in this as well. I find myself more into the DC animated films than the live action films. Batman: The Long Halloween comes to mind.

    Its kind of weird that DC animated movies are far better than Marvel's but tables turn with live action.

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