While fans may argue over the direction and tone of the DC Extended Universe films or debate the merits of each films box-office gross, there is at least one person who is confident in the DC Comics films and the creative team behind them: Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara. Speaking to the New York Times for a piece about the company’s fortunes, Tsujihara attempted to combat the negativity surrounding Warner Bros. and the DC film projects.
Tsujihara believes the success of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad has been drowned out by the focus on the sizable negative reception towards both films. The New York Times reports:
Lost in the criticism, Mr. Tsujihara and other members of his executive team think, has been the films’ financial success: “Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad” collected a combined $1.6 billion worldwide.
Tsujihara believes the negative reception of the DCEU films will change now that Geoff Johns and Jon Berg have been put in charge of DC Films. The New York Times writes:
Mr. Tsujihara said he was confident that management changes he has been making (putting a pair of executives, Geoff Johns and Jon Berg, in charge of superhero movies, for instance) will make for more satisfied fans. With any luck, even a critic or two could come around.
Tsujihara also had praise for the upcoming Wonder Woman film.
“The thing that really makes me confident is that I’ve seen Wonder Woman, and it’s great.”
Is Tsujihara’s vote of confidence for both Wonder Woman and Geoff Johns’ leadership enough to win over disenchanted fans? Or do you agree with Tsujihara’s claim that the negativity directed towards the DCEU films has overshadowed the studio’s success? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner and Saïd Taghmaoui.
Wonder Woman will be released in theaters on June 2, 2017.