Suicide Squad hit the summer box office like a bag of brightly colored bricks, smashing records and hauling in a staggering $720 million for the DCEU. But despite all those dollar signs, the critical reception was pitiful, and even the most loyal fans had difficulty mustering up enthusiasm for a movie that seemed to paint some of the greatest DC characters of all time as mere caricatures.
Since Man of Steel, there's been something off about the DCEU, and it's continued to miss the mark for not just one, not two, but all three films thus far. Fans have been begging for a change, critics have been laughing about it, and now, Jeff Bewkes, the chief-CEO of Time Warner, the parent company of Warner Brothers, has come out and said the words that we've all been saying since 2013:
"[The DCEU has] a little room for improvement."
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Later during the Q&A, he acknowledged that the DCEU had taken the DC characters in a direction that wasn't necessarily true to their comic book origins:
"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."
Thinking about it is a start, and Bewkes added that Warner Brothers has now brought in Geoff Johns of DC Comics, along with producer Jon Berg to help steer the upcoming Wonder Woman and Justice League movies in the right direction. But despite acknowledging that the DCEU could be improved upon, Bewkes was quick to point out that it wasn't a complete failure:
"The main thing was to launch DC and reinvigorate it with the fan base. The reboot of Batman with Ben Affleck was a big success. The strategy worked... 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
Given the DCEU's track record, "right on course or better" is kind of a worryingly vague statement, but at least Bewkes cited the success of the individual actors in bringing to life such famous fan favorites. With Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman solo film next on deck, now would be the perfect time to pay homage to the classic character we fell in love with in the comics. And after her debut in Batman v Superman, it looks like maybe they really are on the right track.
How do you think the DCEU can improve for its upcoming movies?
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