DCEU has had a rough start, to say the least. Their first three releases were critically panned by reviewers and fans. Their first movie Man Of Steel was criticized for being too dreary, Batman Vs. Robin: Dawn Of Justice was called out for its bad story line while Suicide Squad was said to be too choppy with the editing. This does not mean that the any of the movies have been flops for DCEU. In fact, they have actually done very well at the box office; it’s just that their competitor Marvel have set the standards high everyone just wants DCEU to quickly meet it.
Variety reported that Warner Bros. CEO/ chairman Jeff Bewkes has admitted that the films DCEU has made so far have not been up to par but that there is “room for improvement” at an investor conference in New York. He also talked about the new hiring of DC Comics entertainment president Geoff Johns and production guru Jon Berg who will now handle the upcoming DC releases.
“The execution did deliver what we wanted to do. We can do a little better on the creative.”
Geoff Johns had earlier cited that the new DCEU films will be lighter in tone and it seems like Bewkes is on the same page with this statement:
“The DC Comics characters … have a little more lightness in them than maybe what you saw in those movies, so we’re thinking about that.”
Bewkes also discussed how the movies met up the quota for budget returns despite the criticism and that things will be better in future films because if that. Batman Vs Superman brought in about $873.3 million worldwide while Suicide Squad brought in another $720.1 million. Bewkes says they are “right on the course or better with the plan” for that.
With the release of Wonder Woman next year, we will finally witness if all the new executions result in a better movie. If not, Warner Bros. should go the Disney/Marvel partnership route and offer more freedom with their filmmakers as its seemed to work for them just fine.