Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said during an investors conference (via Variety) that there is “a little room for improvement” in the creative execution of WB’s DC Comics adaptations, adding, “The DC Comics characters… have a little more lightness in them than maybe what you saw in [Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad], so we’re thinking about that.”
Bewkes noted that Warner Bros. has succeeded in its main goal, which was to reinvigorate the DC Comics properties with new incarnations including Ben Affleck’s Batman, so what they’re focused on now is improving the creative side of things:
“The strategy worked. The execution did deliver what we wanted to do. We can do a little better on the creative… We’re right on course or better.”
The problem with Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad wasn’t really that they were too dark. BvS mostly lacked a joyful quality and had some serious story issues that were improved by the superior Ultimate Edition cut. Suicide Squad‘s problems were more serious, as that was a film that suffered from too much post-production tinkering, with murky character motivations at best.
In the wake of BvS, Warner Bros. restructured its executives a bit and set Geoff Johns to oversee the entirety of the DC Extended Universe. He subsequently sat down with Aquaman director James Wan to hammer out that story before moving forward, and presumably did the same onThe Flash.
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