However, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav may have restored some of the faith lost as he outlined plans for the DCEU during a Q&A session on 4th August 2022. With planned projects still on track for release; however, the future remains unclear for DC and what the future holds moving forward.
WB Discovery Boss Wants To Emulate MCU Strategy For DCEU
Zaslav revealed via entertainment publication The Hollywood Reporter that he intends to give the DCEU a much-needed refresh by assigning a new team focused on DC-related content. “We have done a reset. We’ve restructured the business where we are going to focus, where there is going to be a team with a 10-year plan focusing just on DC.”
Zaslav believes that the reset can help propel the DCEU into achieving similar successes Disney is currently having with Marvel Studios. Especially on the back of several monumental announcements made for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) at San Diego Comic-Con last month, Zaslav is hoping that the reset would finally see them emulate the “Marvel playbook.”
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One of the most prominent signs is Zalav bringing in former Disney CEO Alan Horn as a consultant, as Horn had closely worked with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. According to Zaslav, “We think we can build a much stronger, sustainable growth business out of DC. As part of that, we are going to focus on quality. We are not going to release any film before it’s ready…. DC is something we can make better.”
I feel blessed to have worked among absolute greats and forged relationships for a lifetime in the process! To every Batgirl fan - THANK YOU for the love and belief, allowing me to take on the cape and become, as Babs said best, “my own damn hero!” #Batgirl for life! 🦇 pic.twitter.com/4D9ZM87Ytu— Leslie Grace (@lesliegrace) August 4, 2022
It appears that Batgirl may or may not have been one of the DC projects that, unfortunately, was shelved in efforts to reset and restructure the DCEU. Following the successful Christopher Nolan-directed The Dark Knight trilogy, Warner Bros had tapped Zack Snyder to spearhead the DCEU, starting with 2016’s Superman film, Man of Steel.
Unfortunately, plans fell apart for Snyder following the critically panned Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, with Walter Hamada taking over DC Films in 2018. While several projects were planned for HBO Max, they changed once more; however, details have been little to none.
DC’s upcoming releases include the Dwayne Johnson-led Black Adam and Shazam! Fury of the Gods was still given the go-ahead by Zaslav, who expressed his excitement for the projects. Additionally, the announcement of the Joker sequel, Folie à Deux, arriving in 2024, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom are still on board for release, and so is the controversial The Flash film.
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