Warner Bros. CEO Praises ‘Wonder Woman’; Confident In Geoff Johns’ Leadership

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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.

Source: BatmanNews (via New York Times)

Sebastian Peris

Sebastian Peris

Montreal based Film Buff, Political Junkie, Comic Book Geek, and Board Game Enthusiast.

  • razorstar90

    Kevin Tsujihara on Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice pre-release: “Having seen the movie multiple times, and again last night, I’m extremely confident it was the right decision to make the movie better. And it’s so important for the studio to get the foundation right on DC.”

    Look how that turned out. So forgive me if I don’t take Mr Tsujihara review of his studios movie seriously.

    • Nathan_12thMan

      Exactly. Until a CEO or head of a studio or President of a studio or w/e comes out and is honest with the negatives (won’t ever happen) I won’t believe their positive comments like this one.

  • Nathan_12thMan

    I don’t put stock in any of this. I put stock in Johns taking over and what not, but this? Nah. What is he going to say? “I saw WW and it was just alright. BvS & SS were mistakes and we should have interfered less and had better scripts written.”? Lol no, no CEO will ever do that. So if they won’t be honest about the negatives then I won’t listen to them when they spew positives.

    Also I don’t give a frak about BvS’s financial success. SS is fine but BvS should have been a $1B+ movie. It had freakin Superman and Batman in it….FIGHTING! Was it a commercial success? Did it make money? Sure. But the potential of that movie is like an Avengers movie. There is an expectation to surpass $1B. If Transformers: Age of Extinction can pass $1B then how can’t BvS?

    • SAMURAI36

      Awww, so you’re just hating? That’s royal. Nothing you said has any weight.

  • unpaidpundit

    No corporate executive is going to say that he thinks that his company is going in the wrong direction under his leadership. On the other hand, if Kevin Tsujihara did not like “Wonder Woman,” I don’t think he would volunteer an opinion about it, but rather avoid saying anything about it at all. A movie studio head is supposed to be able to recognize good film making when he sees it (even if all of his movies are not good). If a studio head goes out of his way to praise a bad film before it is released, people in his own industry will question his taste and competence.

    • Axxell

      Even if he didn’t like WW, he doesn’t help matters by avoiding the subject altogether, especially when the advertisement campaign is just about to ramp up; he HAS to say something.

    • Axxell

      Even if he didn’t like WW, he doesn’t help matters by avoiding the subject altogether, especially when the advertisement campaign is just about to ramp up; he HAS to say something.

  • SAMURAI36

    @ Sebastian Peris:

    I like how you chopped and screwed the original article, which is a far superlative version of this one. Once again, you guys are HORRIBLE writers. You omitted several key points from the original, such as:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/08/business/media/warner-bros-quietly-thriving-recasts-its-own-story.html?_r=2

    Yet many people consider Warner Bros. a troubled operation, a notion that Mr. Tsujihara thinks is rooted in an underappreciation of the studio’s wide-ranging businesses and the lingering effect of film pipeline problems that it has moved past.

    “Quietly, we’ve been having an amazing year,” he said. “The narrative, over all, has not reflected that.”

    And:

    Reviews for “Fantastic Beasts” have not yet been published, but people (including this reporter) have been wowed in advance screenings. Set in New York in the 1920s and focused on the eccentric “magizoologist” Newt Scamander, the film could sell $70 million or more in tickets in its first three days in domestic theaters alone, according to analysts.

    More hits could follow. Over the next year, Warner Bros. will release “Wonder Woman,” “Kong: Skull Island,” “Justice League,” Christopher Nolan’s war epic “Dunkirk” and two animated Lego movies. Salted among those behemoths are lower-cost entries from Warner’s New Line Cinema unit, like “Annabelle 2,” a horror movie.

    And especially this:

    When it comes to recasting Warner as the well-oiled giant he believes it is, Mr. Tsujihara also knows that the studio needs to do a better job of telling its own story. Warner executives tend to hunker behind those beige walls, which allows others in Hollywood — especially those who have left the studio under unhappy circumstances — to do the talking for them, at times contributing to bracingly negative news media coverage.

    And let’s not forget the fact that DCTV alone is making over $1B a year.

    http://screenrant.com/dc-tv-warner-bros-series-billion-dollars/

    All you did here, is prove Kevin’s point with this article. I’m so sick and tired of people picking and choosing which parts of the narrative folks want to tell.

    WB is doing MASSIVE numbers year in and year out, both with DC and with other properties.

    • Axxell

      LOL…the usual “Deny any faults in the DCCU ship; hype up their future movies by claiming ‘standing ovations’ and positive early response…and don’t forget to blame the media”…

  • Carl

    If he was one of the WB execs that gave BvS a standing ovation then his opinion doesn’t matter. lol