Time Warner CEO: “Room For Improvement” In DC Extended Universe

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes DC Extended Universe

While speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia investor conference in New York, Time Warner CEO, Jeff Bewkes admitted that while their DC properties on TV are flourishing, there is still “room for improvement” in their DC Extended Universe (DCEU).

For those that don’t know, Warner Bros., which produces the films in the DCEU, is one of the three divisions that make up Time Warner, along with HBO and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

This bit of news could come as a sigh of relief in the fans eyes, who have not reacted favorably to the films in the DCEU released thus far, and wish for a course correction. Bewkes also acknowledged the critics who shared a similar view as the fans.

“Every panel I think requires me to talk out of both sides of my mouth. This is the part where I say, ‘Pay no attention to the critics.’ It’s true: Critics didn’t think it was good.”

However, he was able to inject a bit of a positive spin on the subject, highlighting the fact that despite bad reviews, Suicide Squad has done very well financially, crossing $700 million at the box office.

“Everyone see the papers yesterday? They’re laughing at the critics. It’s passing Iron Man and The Avengers. Let’s remember that.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, they corrected Bewkes by stating that he might have been actually referring to how Suicide Squad had surpassed Iron Man 2.

Bewkes reaffirmed that their focus was continuing to launch new characters in their future films and how Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman would be the driving force of success for not only the DCEU, but Time Warner as well.

He also spoke positively about streaming services like Hulu and how he’s optimistic for their potential to turn a profit in the future. Whether or not the DC Extended Universe takes a cue from Marvel and ultimately decides to venture into the world of producing shows for streaming platforms, remains to be seen.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Robert Coleman

Robert Coleman

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  • flavortang

    I think of these individual movies within cinematic universes like the DCEU like episodes of a TV series. We get a few episodes a year so even if a few are considered “bad” by critics, the next episode is right around the corner to right the ship. I’m more excited for the DCEU by the day. So much potential, so many characters to reveal and so many stories to tell.

    • Steve Steve

      I have been very down on the DCEU to this point, but I too am very excited for their coming slate. The Affleck Batman film is shaping up to becoming an instant classic.

  • 12stepCornelius

    As someone who already adores Man of Steel, loved BvS: UE, and really liked Suicide Squad, any more improvement to the films are just a bonus for me.

  • Marquis de Sade

    Well admitting you’ve been puttin’ out DRECK, is the first step in the healin’ process. – Bravo, dceu!

  • rogbngp

    I’ve enjoyed the DCEU so far. I think it will only continue to get better. Of course there’s always room for improvement, that goes without saying about virtually anything.

  • Justin Jules

    Where’s HH resident DC fanboy Sammy? He’gone quiet for some reason lol

  • Maximillian Pegasus

    In my opinion the only bad movie out of the DCEU is SS, out of the first three MCU movies only IM is good, so, Warnes is making more money and better films than Marvel when it started the universe.

    Phase one Marvel movies had The Avengers and Iron Man as good movies, with 6 movies

    When WW and Justice League come out next year, DC will be with 5 movies in on building it’s universe and i have a feeling that we SS will hold as the only bad film out of the “first phase”.

    • Axxell

      Well at least the people that matter are openly admitting the DCCU has been flawed so far…might take a few years for fans to come to terms with that.