Time Warner CEO Says the DC Extended Universe Has Been Financially Successful


Jeff Bewkes who’s the chairman-CEO of Time Warner confirmed to investors on Wednesday that the two DC Extended Universe titles released this year, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad have been financially successful and have achieved the larger strategic goal of reinvigorating classic DC characters for a new generation of moviegoers.

Bewkes goes on to state that there’s a little room for improvement when it comes to the DC Extended Universe films, stating:

“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.”

But goes on to continue to state how the films did what they were sent out to do in winning over people to their rebooted Batman and the introduction to Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman:

“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, citing “Suicide Squad’s” legs at the box office. To date the pic released in August has grabbed about $720 million at the worldwide box office.

“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.

Source: Variety

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  • GAB

    The DCEU is a financial success and is a fact that the Time Warner CEO have rightly pointed out. The two movies have made more than 1,5 billion dollars in six months and more than 300 milion dollars each, just in the United States. WB is the only studio who achieved this record. They’ve made history. Time Warner is obviously happy of the success of the DCEU and this is good news considering that will have more DC movies in the next years. I’m glad that someone have finally used a good and honest title for this news. Other sites have abused the word “improvement” in their titles, and they’re obviously just clickbaiters. Batman v Superman was able to create and establish in a perfect way a new Batman, played by Ben Affleck, and Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot. The fans have enjoyed both the two new cinematic characters and this means that they will look forward to both the solo movies and future movies with them. Zack Snyder was able to expand the franchise with solid characters, that will continue their characterization in the future movies.