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.