After years of trying to play down direct comparisons, Warner Bros. Discovery are now looking to emulate the MCU with a 10 year DCEU plan.
It seems like there has been a constant comparison made between the DCEU and MCU, with the former always seeming to be playing catch up with the mighty Marvel machine. However, after spending many years distancing themselves from such comparisons, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav has revealed at the company’s Q2 2022 earnings call that the future of the DC franchise will be governed by a 10 year plan, which is “inspired” by none other than Kevin Feige’s Marvel Studios.
The recent cancellation of Batgirl and potential rumored loss of Supergirl has raised many questions about the viability of the DCEU in its current form. While there have been many fans unhappy with the studio’s decision to scrap Batgirl with the movie having already been pretty much completed, Zaslev revealed that there is a bigger plan coming for the franchise. It seems like after spending years trying to fast-track the DCEU to a Marvel level, it has been realized that the only way to make the DCEU into a Marvel-sized success, is to do what Kevin Feige started doing in 2008. Zaslav explained :
“Our ambition is to bring Warners back and to produce great high quality films, and as we look at the opportunities that we have broadly, DC is one of the top of the list for us. You look at Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman — these are brands that are known everywhere in the world. The ability to drive those all over the world with great story is a big opportunity for us. We have done a reset. We’ve restructured the business. We’re going to focus.
There will be a team with a 10-year plan focusing just on DC. It’s very similar to the structure that Alan Horn and Bob Iger put together, very effectively, with Kevin Feige at Disney,” he added. “We think that we could build a long-term much stronger, sustainable growth business out of DC. And as part of that, we’re going to focus on quality. 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 unless the focus is going to be, ‘How do we make each of these films in general as good as possible?’ But DC is something that we think we could make better and we’re focused on it now. We have some great DC films coming up — Black Adam, Shazam, and Flash — and we’re working on all of those. We’re very excited about them.”
Batgirl’s Cancellation Has Not Been Well Received By Fans
While Warner Bros. Discovery finally seems to be doing what should have been done almost 10 years ago and looking to build a solid and successful DCEU, the cancellation of Batgirl as part of the strategy did not sit well with fans of the character or the actors involved. Whether it was supporters of the return of Michael Keaton’s Batman, Leslie Grace in the titular role or the comeback of Brendan Fraser as the movie’s villain, Firefly, social media was very quickly filled with hashtags in support of the movie being released in some form. While this kind of thing worked before with the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice Leaguethis time around it is a whole new ball game, and it looks like no amount of hashtags are going to lead to Batgirl ever seeing the light of day.
Now, it looks like there are going to be many changes to the way the DCEU moves forward beyond next year’s The Flashand that apparently includes longer wait times for movies to be certain of success before being released as the studio aims to look at quality over quantity from what should be their biggest IP.