Warner Bros. Discovery’s ideas for its DC movies are becoming a bit clearer after CEO David Zaslav announced that 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 film being nearly completed.
Instead of announcing some sort of retirement for DC movies, Zaslav says the company has done a “reset” and will follow a DC-only ten-year plan that will be similar to what Disney and Kevin Feige have done for Marvel.
“We have done a reset. We have restructured the business that we are going to focus on, where there will be a team with a ten-year plan focused only 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.”
All DC Movies and Series Affected by the Warner Bros. Discovery Merger
Zaslav says the hope is “to build a much stronger, long-term sustainable growth business outside of DC,” and that the company will focus on quality over quantity.
“We are not going to release any film before it is ready. We are not going to release a movie to make a fourth part, we are not going to release a movie; the focus will be “how do we make each of these films, overall, the best it can be?”
The CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery cited movies already in the works like Black Adam, Shazam and The Flash as movies the company is very excited about. We have seen them. We think they are fantastic and we think we can make them even better.”
There were a lot of questions about the future of DC movies after it was announced that Batgirl would not be released in theaters or on HBO Max. The $90 million movie has already finished filming and featured 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, raising concerns that the studio would move away from original scripted content. But Zaslav has cited DC, particularly the likes of Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman, as pillars of the newly formed Warner Bros. Discovery.
And the reports say that Zaslav and company. It will focus on marquis characters like Superman, as well as Joker, who 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 backing its existing theatrical releases like Shazam, Aquaman, and The Flash, which will all figure into the company’s plans in some way.
In another part of the finances, Warner Bros. Discovery announced that it will merge HBO Max and Discovery+ into a new streaming service that will launch in the summer of 2023.
Matt TM Kim is IGN’s News Editor. can you reach it @lawoftd.