It’s no secret that the DC Extended Universe films have their flaws. While there are supporters who have enjoyed the movies thus far, many fans ridiculed “Man Of Steel” for its dreary tone, derided “Batman v. Superman” for its plodding story, and lambasted “Suicide Squad” for its threadbare characterizations of iconic DC characters. Time Warner, who distributes the DC films via Warner Brothers Entertainment, might, at last, be paying attention to the upswell of fan displeasure.
Speaking Wednesday at an investor conference in New York, Time Warner chairman-CEO Jeff Bewkes told the Q&A audience that there was “a little room for improvement” in regards to the quality of the films produced so far, Variety reports.
For context, aggregate reviewers Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic both currently have “Man Of Steel” at a score of 55%. “BvS” and “Suicide Squad” have fared even worse, scoring a 27% and 26% on Rotten Tomatoes, respectively. Bewkes noted that the scripts were part of the issue.
“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.”
The CEO also took the time to emphasize that not all was lost — indicating that DC Films were doing some things right. Specifically, he claimed that casting Ben Affleck as Batman was a “big success,” and that the television shows based off of DC properties are faring well.
Furthermore, Bewkes called attention to the fact that the movies have so far met their financial goals. “BvS” has brought in about $873.3M worldwide. “Suicide Squad” has brought in another $720.1M. This influx of cash, Bewkes stresses, is a fundamental component for allowing them to continue making new films and refining their creative approach. Of that, he’s hopeful, stating that of the films to come Time Warner is “right on course or better.”
The next DC Comics-based film, “Wonder Woman,” hits theaters on June 2, 2017.
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