Warner Bros. announced its merger with Discovery on April 8, 2022. Following its merger, the studio canceled several shows and movies, which also included a number of DC projects. After that, CEO David Zaslav released a statement saying the studio plans to put in place a 10-year plan for its upcoming DC projects under WBD. However, little progress has been noted following the CEO’s statement. Warner Bros. recently introduced a new studio, DC Studios.
The new unit replaced DC Films and will oversee DC films under the studio. James Gunn and Peter Safran will lead the studio as CEO and Co-Chairman respectively. It seemed like the studio had something in mind for its future DC movies. The last DC movie to be released under the studio was black adam. Although the film received a good response from audiences, its box office collection was not what the studio expected it to be.
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David Zaslav Discusses DC Studios Shortcomings
The CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, David Zaslav, explained how the agreement between Warner Bros. and Discovery concluded on the Southeast Asset Management podcast. While talking about the company, he also touched on the studio’s strengths and weaknesses compared to Marvel Studios.
He said that although Marvel Studios is much bigger, Warner Bros. still has icons like Superman and Batman. “When you compare DC to Marvel, Marvel is seven, eight, nine times bigger, but we have Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman,” he said.
The CEO also shared that Warner Bros has a lot of opportunities with Harry Potter and they also have games. “So when I look at the companies, the companies themselves, I feel like we have great assets and great companies…I really like our hand,” said David Zslav.
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However, Zaslav also admitted that the state of the studio was not what he wanted it to be. He mentioned that the overall economy and the advertising market have not been very favorable either. Although the situation is not in their favor, the media manager says there are still opportunities to turn things around.
“There’s a lot of things that we’re thinking about, that I’m thinking about, and as a management team we think we could turn around quicker, there’s a lot more things that we can fix that are either broken , either injured, or that we can handle better.”
Zaslav claimed that the studio was operating at the level it needed and was working to turn things around. And with Peter Safran and James Gunn leading the DCEU movies, fans also expect to see better content from DC Studios.
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Will DC Studios keep its promises?
It wouldn’t be the first time the studio has claimed to provide better content. The most recent example would be that of Dwayne Johnson adma black. The main star promoted the film by claiming that the film would change the DCEU.
However, the film received mixed reactions and was not the success the studio expected. The film’s USP was the return of Henry Cavill as Superman. Now that James Gunn, who directed the hit DC movie suicide squad and a spin-off Peacemaker, took the lead, fans expect to see more such films with the director.
The CEO of DC Studios recently shared an image of the DC villain Lobo, leading many to believe that the studio is planning a new project. It would be interesting to see more DC characters join the DCEU in future projects.
The workshop has Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The Flash, Blue Beetleand more Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom must be released under DCEU. Apart from these, the sequels of the 2019 Joker and 2022 The Batman is also under development.
The next DC movie to hit the studio Shazam! Fury of the gods is set to release on March 17, 2023.