Warner Bros. Discovery’s ideas for its DC movies are becoming a little clearer after CEO David Zaslav announced there will be a codified plan for the future of DC movies.
As part of Warner Bros. Discovery’s quarterly financials, CEO David Zaslav took the stage to answer questions about the company’s future, particularly in light of the news that it was canceling Batgirl despite the movie being mostly finished.
Rather than announce any kind of retreat for DC movies, Zaslav instead says the company has done a “reset” and will follow a ten-year plan just for DC that will be similar to what Disney and Kevin Feige have done for Marvel.
“We have done a reset. We’ve restructured the business where we’re going to focus, where there will be a team with a ten-year plan focusing just on DC,” Zaslav said. “It’s very similar to the structure that Alan Horn and Bob Iger put together very effectively with Kevin Feige at Disney.”
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Zaslav says the hope is to “build a long-term, much stronger sustainable growth business out of DC,” and that the company is going to focus on quality over quantity.
“We’re not going to release any film before it’s ready. We’re not going to release a film to make a quarter, we’re not going to release a film — the focus is going to be ‘how do we make each of these films, in general, as good as possible?'”
The Warner Bros. Discovery CEO cited films already in the works like Black Adam, Shazam, and Flash as films the company is all very excited about. “We’ve seen them. We think they’re terrific, and we think we can make them even better.”
There were plenty of questions as to the future of DC movies after it was announced that Batgirl would not be released in theaters or HBO Max. The film, which cost $90 million, already finished filming and had a cast that included Leslie Grace, JK Simmons, Brendan Fraser, and Michael Keaton.
HBO Max also began quietly removing other movies from its streaming service, sparking concerns that the studio would be backing away from original, scripted content. But Zaslav has cited DC — particularly characters like Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman — as pillars of the newly formed Warner Bros. Discovery.
And reports say that Zaslav and co. will be focusing on marquis characters like Superman, as well as Joker which announced a release date for the sequel, Joker Folie A Deux with Lady Gaga joining the cast.
While time will tell what Warner Bros. Discovery’s ten-year plan for DC will look like, the company is standing behind its existing theatrical releases like Shazam, Aquaman, and The Flash which will figure into the company’s plans somehow.
Elsewhere in the financials, Warner Bros. Discovery announced it will be merging HBO Max and Discovery+ into a new streaming service that will be released in summer 2023.
Matt TM Kim is IGN’s News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd.