Warner Bros. Discovery’s thinking about its DC movies has become clearer after CEO David Zaslav announced that it would develop a codification plan for the future of DC movies.
As part of Warner Bros. Exploring the company’s quarterly financial report, CEO David Zaslav took the stage to answer questions about the company’s future, especially given the news that it’s canceling Batgirl despite the movie being mostly done.
Instead of announcing any sort of retreat from DC movies, Zaslav said the company has done a “reset” and will follow DC’s 10-year plan, which will be similar to what Disney and Kevin Feige did for Marvel .
“We’ve done a reset. We’ve restructured the business that we’re going to focus on, where there’s going to be a ten-year-plan team focused on DC,” Zaslav said. “It’s very similar to the structure that Alan Horn and Bob Iger got together very effectively with Disney’s Kevin Feige.”
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The hope, Zaslav said, is to “build a long-term, stronger sustainable growth business in Washington” and that the company will focus on quality rather than quantity.
“We’re not going to release any movies until it’s ready. We’re not going to release a movie to make a season, we’re not going to release a movie — the point will be ‘in general, how do we make the Every one is as good as possible?'”
The CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery cited Black Adam, Shazam and Flash, which are already in production, as films the company is very excited about. “We’ve seen them. We think they’re great, and we think we can make them even better.”
After it was announced that Batgirl would not be in theaters or on HBO Max, there were a lot of questions about the future of DC movies. The film, which cost $90 million, has already been filmed, and the cast includes Leslie Grace, JK Simmons, Brendan Fraser and Michael Keaton.
HBO Max has also started quietly removing other films from its streaming service, raising concerns that the studio will pull out of original scripted content. But Zaslav has made DC — especially characters like Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman — a pillar of the newly formed Warner Bros. Discovery Channel.
According to the report, Zaslav and co. Will focus on Marquis characters like Superman, and Joker Folie A Deux, Lady Gaga, who announced the sequel’s release date, join the cast.
While time will tell what Warner Bros. Discovery’s DC 10-year plan will look like, the company is backing its existing theatrical releases like Shazam, Aquaman and The Flash, which will somehow fit into the company’s plans.
On the other financial front, Warner Bros. Discovery announced that it will combine HBO Max and Discovery+ into a new streaming service that will launch in summer 2023.
Matt TM Kim is IGN’s news editor.you can contact him @lawoftd.