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