Warner Bros. Discovery’s ideas for DC movies are getting a little clearer after CEO David Zaslav announced a codified plan for the future of DC movies.
Under Warner Bros. At Discovery’s quarterly financials, CEO David Zaslav took the stage to answer questions about the company’s future, especially in light of news that it’s canceling Batgirl despite the film being nearly finished.
Instead of announcing any exit from DC movies, Zaslav says the company has done a “reset” and will stick to a ten-year DC-only plan, similar to what Disney and Kevin Feige did for Marvel.
“We did it again. We’ve restructured the business that we’re going to focus on, where there will be a team with a ten-year plan that will focus only on DC,” Zaslav said. “It’s very similar to the structure that Alan Horn and Bob Iger put together very effectively with Kevin Feige at Disney.”
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Zaslav says the hope is to “build a long-term, much stronger sustainable growth business out of DC” and that the company will focus on quality over quantity.
“We will not release any film until it is ready. We’re not going to release a movie to make a quarter, we’re not going to release a movie, the focus is going to be ‘how do we make each of these movies as good as possible overall?’
Warner Bros. Discovery’s CEO cited films already in development, such as Black Adam, Shazam and The Flash, as films the company is very excited about. “We saw them. We think they’re great, and we think we can make them even better.
There were many questions about the future of DC movies when it was announced that Batgirl would not be released in theaters or on HBO Max. The $90 million film has already wrapped and stars Leslie Grace, JK Simmons, Brendan Fraser and Michael Keaton.
HBO Max has also begun quietly removing other movies from its streaming service, sparking concerns that the studio will abandon original, scripted content. But Zaslav pointed to DC — specifically characters like Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman — as the newly formed Warner Bros. Pillars of Discovery.
And reports say that Zaslav et al. will focus on marquee characters such as Superman, as well as the Joker, who has announced a sequel release date, Joker Folie A Deux and Lady Gaga will join the cast.
While time will tell how Warner Bros. Discovery’s ten-year plan for DC, the company behind its existing theatrical releases such as Shazam, Aquaman and The Flash, will somehow factor into the company’s plans.
In other financial areas, Warner Bros. Discovery has announced that it will combine HBO Max and Discovery+ into a new streaming service that will launch in 2023. in the summer
Matt TM Kim is IGN’s News Editor. You can reach it @lawoftd.