Warner Bros. CEO Admits DCEU Can’t Succeed by Trying to Copy Disney
"We need to continue to create a balanced slate of all types of movies and all genres.”
Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara told The Wrap (in a report centered on the DCEU) that they can’t move forward by trying to replicate Disney’s success anymore. Hopefully that means we don’t end up with more movies like Justice League, which was clearly Warner Bros.’ attempt at making a “Marvel movie”.
“Warner Bros needs to continue doing what it’s always done: producing the biggest, most diverse slate in the business. That’s what’s made us successful. We can’t do what Disney’s done. It’s worked really, really well for them, but it’s not who we are. We need to continue to create a balanced slate of all types of movies and all genres.”
Warner Bros. was arguably the most successful studio when it came to producing comic book movies until Marvel Studios seemingly dethroned them with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Aside from their various DC Comics movies, the most successful superhero trilogy ever to release is Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy. Interestingly, Nolan’s films – in addition to projects such as The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter – were originally green-lighted by Alan Horn, who is now chairman of Walt Disney Studios and oversees both Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios.
At first, Warners was rushing to catch up with Marvel Studios, but it seems they’ve finally caught up to their mistakes. They are now taking a step back and allowing their projects to gestate properly. the next DCEU film on the docket to release is James Wan’s Aquaman, due out this December, with David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! and Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 2 coming in 2019. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens with the DCEU post-2019.