They may have a combined for a worldwide box office haul of over $2 billion, but Time Warner chairman-CEO Jeff Bewkes still believes there’s room for improvement when it comes to the DC Expanded Universe.
In response to the poor critical reviews of Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, Bewkes reflected on the performance of the two tentpole films, saying the dark and gritty style maybe wasn’t the best approach to take.
“The DC Comics characters… have a little more lightness in them than maybe what you saw in those movies, so we’re thinking about that,” Bewkes told investors this week.
Following poor review for Batman v Superman, more control was handed to DC Comics entertainment president Geoff Johns and creative partner Jon Berg, who are now tasked with guiding the DCEU toward a brighter future. That means ensuring releases such as Wonder Woman and Justice League, the next two movies in line for release, improve upon the tone set by Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad.
While the majority of critical responses to the recent DC Comics movies have been poor, Bewkes did say he was happy with Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman.
“The strategy worked,” Bewkes said. “The execution did deliver what we wanted to do… The main thing was to launch DC and reinvigorate it with the fan base. The reboot of Batman with Ben Affleck was a big success.”
We’ll see if improvements are indeed made when Wonder Woman and Justice League hit theaters next year. If the first trailers are anything to go by, it sure looks like there’s certainly a positive shift in course.