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Published On: Fri, Sep 23rd, 2016

Warner’s Jeff Bewkes talks DCCU, ‘room for improvement’ ahead of JL, Batman reboot, Wonder Woman

Warner’s DC Cinematic Universe continues to live in the shadows of Marvel Studios’ films and now Time Warner CEO, Jeff Bewkes talked about the current state of DCCU films and said that there is definitely “a little room for improvement.”

Variety reported that, during an investors meeting, Bewkes talked about the DC franchise needing to make some improvement with the ­­”creative execution” of the films.

While noting that the past two movies have been financially successful, the critics has never been anything but divisive.

Justice League concept art Cyborg batman superman wonder woman, aquaman flash“The strategy worked,” Bewkes said. “The execution did deliver what we wanted to do. We can do a little better on the creative. … We’re right on course or better” with the plan, he said.

Suicide Squad has earned $720 million at the worldwide box office with a record August opening. BvS earned just shy of $875 million globally with a massive $166 opening weekend.

justice-league-logo-black“The main thing was to launch DC and reinvigorate it with the fan base,” he said. “The reboot of Batman with Ben Affleck (in the role) was a big success.” He also noted that the fan reaction to actress Gal Gadot’s debut as the Wonder Woman character in Batman v Superman has been positive.

“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.”

A source retorted by saying that “a lighter tone is not a guarantee of success,” but producers Deborah Snyder and Geoff Johns have been talking about adding a little more optimism to the franchise.

Wonder Woman is set for a June release in 2017 while Justice League is set to come out in November.

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