Warner Brothers is trying to build the DC Extended Universe, and Geoff Johns is a major part of it.
According to the New York Times, Kevin Tsujihara, the studio chief executive, says he is confident about the future. While Batman v Superman got mixed reviews, it is profitable with audiences worldwide. Suicide Squad also has divisive reviews, but the box office returns are one of the year’s highest. The total gross for both films is $1.6 billion.
“Quietly, we’ve been having an amazing year,” Tsujihara says. “The narrative, over all, has not reflected that.”
Johns, the DC Chief Creative Officer, has a major role to play in the DC Extended Universe. Recently, he and Jon Berg are now in charge of developing Warner Brothers’ superhero films. Zack Snyder also has a hands-on role as a director and a producer. As Dark Horizons reports, Tsujihara is confident that these decisions will please the fans.
Regarding the the DCEU’s mixed reviews, Tsujihara points out the studio strives for . “People overlook our consistency,” he says. “The thing that really makes me confident is that I’ve seen Wonder Woman, and it’s great.”
Despite this optimism, it is worth noting the majority of Time Warner’s success comes from the television department. Game Of Thrones, Westworld and The Big Bang Theory are among the biggest series. According to Time Warner, these shows generate more than $1 billion per year. In addition, AT&T became the owner of Time Warner for $85 billion, which could be a sign of things to come.
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The studio is planning for its upcoming slate of new movies. Fantastic Beasts is set for release on November 18th. So far, it is tracking to be a bit hit. Kong: Skull Island will come to theatres next spring.
Meanwhile, the DC Extended Universe continues to grow. Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman will arrive on June 2, 2017. Snyder’s Justice League is set for November 17, 2017.