It seems that a new focus is coming to DC at Warner Bros. Discovery.
During the Warner Bros. Discovery second-quarter earnings call, CEO David Zaslav promised that he is looking to “build a long-term sustainable growth business out of DC.”
During a question about what happened with the Batgirl cancelation – which he did not address directly – Zaslav said “Our ambition to is bring Warners back and produce great high-quality films.” He went on to add that he was very excited about the upcoming releases of films such as Black Adam, Shazam Fury of the Gods, and The Flash. “These are brands that are known everywhere in the world,” Zaslav said. “And as part of that, we’re going to focus on quality. DC is something that we think we could make better and we’re focused on it now.”
To achieve this, the executives revealed that they are currently assembling a team that will be outlining a 10-year plan for DC Films. After name-checking Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige as someone they would look to emulate, no other details were provided as to what the exact plan would be.
DC fans will, of course, remember the plan that was shared years ago that would carry the fledgling universe from 2013 to 2020. Of the 13 films that were on that schedule, only seven of them have actually been released, with The Flash still scheduled for June 23, 2023.
Who will sit on this team was not revealed, nor when we may hear exactly what is chosen for the releases.
The executives did make it clear they are not interested in movies made just for streaming services, a plan that had been discussed heavily by the former owners of the studio. That plan had called for lower-tier DC characters to receive their movies on HBO Max. It was under this plan that Batgirl was filmed, Blue Beetle was developed, and Wonder Twins was in pre-production. The only film from that trio to still being worked on is Blue Beetle which will now move to a theatrical release.
An investor’s day is planned before the end of the year, so hopefully, more plans will be announced at that time.