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CBMB: Warner Bros Moves Up Wonder Woman and Slates Two New DC Films

By Muuka Muyumba

As Warner Bros. continues to see diminishing returns on its Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice investment, the company is scrambling to shift its films, and its focus to more valuable (bankable) properties. One thing that WB isn’t doing is giving up on its hope of expanding the DC Film Extended Universe, and they have committed to shifting Wonder Woman up 3 weeks to June 2, 2017.

Warner Bros. also set dates for two of its now-untitled DC films: Oct. 5, 2018 and Nov. 1, 2019, according to the report, as well as an untitled WB event film is slates for Oct. 6, 2017.

This news comes on the heals of reports that WB and president Kevin Tsuijihara are licking their wounds from not only the bloated Batman v Superman, but also a slew of original prestige films like Jupiter Ascending, In The Heart of the Sea, and Pan. The WB is now focusing its efforts and talent in the direction of its ‘silos’, including the DC Films, Lego, and Harry Potter to help boast its sagging bottomline. The reports are that WB is under pressure to focus in a Disney way on their films while still remaining the home of Oscar-caliber writing and directing talent like Christopher Nolan, Ben Affleck, and Clint Eastwood.

What is clear from a fanboy and fangirl prospective is that WB’s efforts in making art films out of superhero content did not work with Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and no amount of sepia-tone can cover over a badly-reviewed film. Despite this evidence, WB doesn’t appear to be any closer to taking Snyder off of Justice League, but is shifting the tone of the film toward a more ‘fun’ one.

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Another signal by this move, is that they are listening to fans who have been vocal about their indifference for the film, but their love of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Affleck’s Batman. Each will likely have a sequel solo film fast-tracked. Unfortunately for Henry Cavill, people haven’t been as kind about his portrayal of Superman, or at least Snyder’s interpretation of the hero, so the rumor that another Superman sequel will come soon isn’t eliciting the same level of anticipation as Batman or Wonder Woman. We may likely also see another Suicide Squad film set up on those newly announced dates, considering how much excitement that propertly has engendered.

The one over-arching thing that WB still lacks is one guiding voice for the DC Films slate. They’ve tried Geoff Johns and Snyder, but WB seems hesistant to gives the reigns over to Johns who is more of a comic book afficiando than Snyder. WB seems to be more beholden to Snyder because they view him as a film auteur despite his repeated drubbings by critics. Johns may be too inside-baseball for the film executives, and still carries the stink of the 2009 Green Lantern failure on him.

This is in direct contrast to what Disney has established with clear voices leading their properties, starting with Bob Iger who is front and center at events like D23 and investor meetings. Iger runs the parks, films, and merchandise, but leaves creativity to Kevin Feige at Marvel Studios, Kathleen Kennedy at Lucasfilm, and John Lasseter with Pixar and Disney Animation. That doesn’t even count voices like Axel Alonso at Marvel Comics who is leading a revolution of creativity and ingenuity. These voices have all carved out distinctive niches within the Disney family, and have made the film division the strongest (and most profitable) studio in the world.

No matter what happens, WB seems hellbent on getting a shared universe of DC Films out there for consumption, so fanboys and girls can’t be too upset. Make no mistake about this point: The WB and DC Films are working to compete with Marvel for eyeballs and critics love, so this train ain’t stopping!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter