Warner Bros. president talks ‘Batman v Superman’ criticism, how DC differs from Marvel, and more

The Hollywood Reporter has a great in-depth interview with Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production at Warner Bros. Pictures. Silverman talked about how Warner Bros. will differentiate DC Comics movies from Marvel, criticism that the teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was too dark, and more. Check out some highlights below.

How will you differentiate the DC Universe from what Marvel is doing?

We have a great strategy for the DC films, which is to take these beloved characters and put them in the hands of master filmmakers and make sure they all coordinate with each other. You’ll see the difference when you see Batman v. Superman, Suicide Squad, Justice League and all the things that we are working on.

There were some complaints that the Batman v. Superman trailer was too dark. Is this a trademark of a DC superhero film in the post-Dark Knight era?

There is intensity and a seriousness of purpose to some of these characters. The filmmakers who are tackling these properties are making great movies about superheroes; they aren’t making superhero movies. And when you are trying to make a good movie, you tackle interesting philosophies and character development. There’s also humor, which is an important part.

Given the debate about the low number of female directors on studio films, how important was it that a woman direct Wonder Woman?

We had a very intensive process looking at everybody. Patty and Michelle were really the ones who came to the forefront the first go-round, so when things didn’t work out with Michelle, we all knew we had someone great who had expressed interest before. She came back and is doing a great job. But it was never about the best female director. She has demonstrated doing amazing work with female characters, such as in Monster.

Head on over to The Hollywood Reporter to check out the full interview.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter