Warner Bros boss on DC films Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad: 'We can do a little better'

'We do think there’s a little room for improvement'

Jack Shepherd
Thursday 22 September 2016 09:42

For many DC fans, 2016 has been a somewhat disappointing year. Batman v Superman was intended to be the beginning of something magnificent, yet received a critical bashing upon theatrical release.

Suicide Squad was meant to be the saviour of the DC Extended Universe, Margot Robbie, Will Smith, and Jared Leto expected to win over millions of cinema goes. Again, another critical nightmare dawned, many fans disappointed with the film’s lack of Joker.

Of course, to studio executives, it’s all about the numbers, and Warner Bros. should be relatively happy with the two films cumulative $1.5 million gross.

However, compared to Disney and Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, which received glowing reviews and took $1.15 million alone, those executives will no doubt have a few questions, some of which were addressed by Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes in a shareholders meeting.

It was at this point, Bewkes admitted what we all knew: “We do think there’s a little room for improvement,” he told the audience, according to Variety. “We can do a little bit better on the creative.”

He continued: “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. The strategy worked. The execution did deliver what we wanted to do.

"We’re right on course or better. 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”.

Fingers crossed, next year’s Wonder Woman and Justice League will win over critics and gross the huge numbers expected of superhero films. Recently, Zack Snyder unveiled Batfleck’s latest suit, straight from the set of Justice League.

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