Latest Entertainment News Headlines

Time Warner CEO says DC movies have "room for improvement"

09.22.2016

Critics have torn the most recent DCEU movies, BATMAN V. SUPERMAN and SUICIDE SQUAD, to pieces, and audiences haven’t exactly fallen in love either (though have been noticeably kinder). That being said, the movies have done well at the box office ($873 million and $720 million apiece), so I guess reviews don't matter much. Still, the powers-that-be are still thinking long-term, and that means ensuring the quality of their future movies.

Needless to say this is something Warner Bros. execs are taking very seriously, and Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes spoke to investors yesterday (via Variety) saying their DC movies have “a little room for improvement.” He went on to discuss this in further detail:

“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.”

However, though he agrees they can do a bit better in certain areas he emphasized the box office success of the two movies, and that the reinvigoration of the characters was the primary goal:

““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.”

At the end there he is most likely talking about next year’s films, WONDER WOMAN and JUSTICE LEAGUE, two movies that already look better than either BVS or SQUAD. As well, there’s one aspect of the DCEU that he, like us, can’t help but give a shout-out to:

“The main thing was to launch DC and reinvigorate it with the fan base. The reboot of Batman with Ben Affleck (in the role) was a big success.”

I am not the biggest fan of either SQUAD or BVS. Each had their pluses, but ultimately failed to live up to their potential. Even the people at Warner Bros.—though confident in the DCEU’s future and happy with their current films' success—seem to think they can do a bit better. What they seem to understand is their movies need to be a bit more fun and light, which seems to be the main complaint from those unsatisfied with the films. Based off the footage of WONDER WOMAN and JUSTICE LEAGUE, it seems the studio got the message.

WONDER WOMAN is set for June 2, 2017 and JUSTICE LEAGUE will follow on November 17, 2017.

Source: Variety

RECOMMENDED MOVIE NEWS

MORE FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB

Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

8:03PM on 09/24/2016

Regarding the "Title" of this article...

Hey Time/Warner Exec..."No Shit!"
Hey Time/Warner Exec..."No Shit!"
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
5:54PM on 09/23/2016

DCEU Sucks

Seriously. The Wonder Woman trailer looks better than anything out for the new expanded universe. The stories have been badly put together. Good luck DC getting it back on track. I love Nolans batman films and Burton. Hoping yall get your shit together soon.
Seriously. The Wonder Woman trailer looks better than anything out for the new expanded universe. The stories have been badly put together. Good luck DC getting it back on track. I love Nolans batman films and Burton. Hoping yall get your shit together soon.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:01AM on 09/23/2016
Here's WB and Zack Snyder's idea of improvement:
0. Superman Returns had a Silver Age-y Superman who can barely throw a punch.
1. Man of Steel tried to fix that by making Superman punch a lot, but Snyder raises controversy by making Superman endanger civilians and murdering Zod.
2. Batman V Superman tried to fix that by making Batman questioning Superman about endangering civilians, while Snyder make him he gleefully massacres a lot of criminals. Also, everybody's too serious.
3. Justice
Here's WB and Zack Snyder's idea of improvement:
0. Superman Returns had a Silver Age-y Superman who can barely throw a punch.
1. Man of Steel tried to fix that by making Superman punch a lot, but Snyder raises controversy by making Superman endanger civilians and murdering Zod.
2. Batman V Superman tried to fix that by making Batman questioning Superman about endangering civilians, while Snyder make him he gleefully massacres a lot of criminals. Also, everybody's too serious.
3. Justice League is also going to try and fix that by making Bruce Wayne tell bad jokes and everybody's gonna be less crazy, but we all know Snyder's gonna crap on that too.
Seriously, it seems like every next DC movie exist to cover up for Snyder's previous screwups.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
7:17AM on 09/23/2016

In other news....

"Obvious statements are obvious."
--Captain Obvious
"Obvious statements are obvious."
--Captain Obvious
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:54AM on 09/23/2016
Wonder woman will still be trash.
Wonder woman will still be trash.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:03PM on 09/22/2016
Keep it light by keeping properties like Shazam, Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Mr Miracle etc within the DCEU, and not keeping them separate. Ant-Man proved that having a comedic, yet still heroic (and somewhat integral) character in a movie universe is possible. Booster interacting with Supes, or Ted Kord facing Bruce Wayne would be cool and would humanize all characters.
Keep it light by keeping properties like Shazam, Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Mr Miracle etc within the DCEU, and not keeping them separate. Ant-Man proved that having a comedic, yet still heroic (and somewhat integral) character in a movie universe is possible. Booster interacting with Supes, or Ted Kord facing Bruce Wayne would be cool and would humanize all characters.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
8:02PM on 09/22/2016
DC movies are on the right track but they do need to lighten up a bit.
DC movies are on the right track but they do need to lighten up a bit.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
6:05AM on 09/23/2016
And marvel films need q little more darkness and serious threats in their films
And marvel films need q little more darkness and serious threats in their films
9:21AM on 09/23/2016
ํYeah, definitely.
ํYeah, definitely.
4:55PM on 09/22/2016

Oh boy

I agree they can be improved, but, like a typical executive, they are only taking the most surface level complaints while also making sure not to blame themselves. Studio interference in the editing room, along with rushing to play catch up, is what's hurting them. In both cases, most of the problems lie with the studio execs themselves, not the creative talent. Yes, there is a lot of studio oversight in MCU, but they didn't rush and allowed things to develop at a more natural pace. They
I agree they can be improved, but, like a typical executive, they are only taking the most surface level complaints while also making sure not to blame themselves. Studio interference in the editing room, along with rushing to play catch up, is what's hurting them. In both cases, most of the problems lie with the studio execs themselves, not the creative talent. Yes, there is a lot of studio oversight in MCU, but they didn't rush and allowed things to develop at a more natural pace. They claim to be thinking long term, but their strategy betrays a more short term, cash grab mentality, unfortunately. It is looking like they're reigning that in at least somewhat, which is a good sign, at least.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:51PM on 09/22/2016
There's no need for improvement and/or change. Man of Steell, Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad are all solid comic book films and have done a great job of expanding the DCEU and introducing these characters to a new generation of fans.

The problem has been interference from the studio when it comes to the storyline. I mean look at how well Dawn of Justice was received when the director's cut was released. It's too bad the same happened to Suicide Squad as well. I just hope they learn from
There's no need for improvement and/or change. Man of Steell, Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad are all solid comic book films and have done a great job of expanding the DCEU and introducing these characters to a new generation of fans.

The problem has been interference from the studio when it comes to the storyline. I mean look at how well Dawn of Justice was received when the director's cut was released. It's too bad the same happened to Suicide Squad as well. I just hope they learn from that mistake and to let Affleck, Snyder, Wan, Ayer, etc do their own thing and to let them leave their own imprint on the DCU since they're all more than capable of making great comic book films and great films in general.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
12:35PM on 09/22/2016
Good, now it's time somebody in Marvel says half of our movies are not that good either.
Good, now it's time somebody in Marvel says half of our movies are not that good either.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:08PM on 09/22/2016
True, but they've still got a better batting average than DC has currently. Personally I think this whole superhero thing is a little out-of-hand, and yet I've been known to enjoy some of Marvel's output. I have high hopes for Wonder Woman though based on that Comic Con trailer.
True, but they've still got a better batting average than DC has currently. Personally I think this whole superhero thing is a little out-of-hand, and yet I've been known to enjoy some of Marvel's output. I have high hopes for Wonder Woman though based on that Comic Con trailer.
11:46AM on 09/22/2016
Captain America: Civil War is the best comic book movie ever made.
1. It had an interesting, timely, story.
2. Unforgettable and sympathetic villain, one without powers no less.
3. Great acting all around.
3. It was serious when it needed to,
4. But was infectiously fun where they could with some great comic relief
5. And an absolutely gut-punch of a third act.

It was the work of a studio and a body of people firing on all cylinders. Then I watched Suicide Squad and just gaped
Captain America: Civil War is the best comic book movie ever made.
1. It had an interesting, timely, story.
2. Unforgettable and sympathetic villain, one without powers no less.
3. Great acting all around.
3. It was serious when it needed to,
4. But was infectiously fun where they could with some great comic relief
5. And an absolutely gut-punch of a third act.

It was the work of a studio and a body of people firing on all cylinders. Then I watched Suicide Squad and just gaped aghast at Jared Leto's stupid fucking mug of a Joker and realized that WB just doesn't know what their doing.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
12:05PM on 09/22/2016
I agree the DC movies need some work and improvements. I even agree that Civil War is a good movie... But it really bores me. Nothing ultimately changes in Civil War. All the characters are all the same at the end other than they had a mild argument and a "fight". It bothers me how little actually happens in the movie. Everyone is still best friends at the end... Its pretty boring. Winter Soldier was much better.
I agree the DC movies need some work and improvements. I even agree that Civil War is a good movie... But it really bores me. Nothing ultimately changes in Civil War. All the characters are all the same at the end other than they had a mild argument and a "fight". It bothers me how little actually happens in the movie. Everyone is still best friends at the end... Its pretty boring. Winter Soldier was much better.
1:11PM on 09/22/2016
Agree with thruthekeyhole. I even think Alexander Pierce is an underrated villain.
Agree with thruthekeyhole. I even think Alexander Pierce is an underrated villain.
6:06AM on 09/23/2016
It's not even the best marvel film, it's among the worst and it's certainly not the best of this year that would be deadpool!
It's not even the best marvel film, it's among the worst and it's certainly not the best of this year that would be deadpool!
11:29AM on 09/22/2016
There's so many good parts in their movies so far, yet so many confusing stuff. I'm glad that they acknowledge this and want to improve as time goes on. I hope in their next installments it becomes better and better, learning from their mistakes
There's so many good parts in their movies so far, yet so many confusing stuff. I'm glad that they acknowledge this and want to improve as time goes on. I hope in their next installments it becomes better and better, learning from their mistakes
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:19AM on 09/22/2016
Good for them. Now if they can just curtail that into being some kind of Fast Five success, because I'm wracking my brain for examples of franchises that improved markedly over their original movies.
Good for them. Now if they can just curtail that into being some kind of Fast Five success, because I'm wracking my brain for examples of franchises that improved markedly over their original movies.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+0
10:09AM on 09/22/2016

Like G.I. Joe says, knowledge is half the battle

So if they acknowledge that they need to improve on the creative side, then the next step is to actually do it.

I did like certain aspects of Batman v Superman quite a bit, and didn't think it was nearly as bad as some critics made it out to be, but overall was still disappointed by it. Suicide Squad though, is probably the most disappointed I've been in a superhero movie since Spider-Man 3 (yes, more disappointing than Iron Man 2, or Iron Man 3, or even Green Lantern), although I know
So if they acknowledge that they need to improve on the creative side, then the next step is to actually do it.

I did like certain aspects of Batman v Superman quite a bit, and didn't think it was nearly as bad as some critics made it out to be, but overall was still disappointed by it. Suicide Squad though, is probably the most disappointed I've been in a superhero movie since Spider-Man 3 (yes, more disappointing than Iron Man 2, or Iron Man 3, or even Green Lantern), although I know there are plenty of people out there who disagree. I'm not sold on Justice League whatsoever, but I have a lot of hope for Wonder Woman and think the first trailer looked great. Patty Jenkins is a talented director and, despite my initial misgivings about Gal Gadot's casting (her background is more in modelling than acting, which often does not bode well) she looks like she really will own the role. Hopefully the recurring problems that have plagued the DC films thus far won't get in the way of that one achieving its potential, because it does look like it has a lot of potential indeed.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:54AM on 09/22/2016

Martha scene was the worst cringe-worthy moment of 2016 so far...

but I liked a lot BvS
and I was very disappointed by SS...
so yeah, there is room for improvment !
but I liked a lot BvS
and I was very disappointed by SS...
so yeah, there is room for improvment !
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
View All Comments

Latest Entertainment News Headlines


Top
Loading...

Featured Youtube Videos

Views and Counting

Movie Hottie Of The Week

More

Most Popular Upcoming

More