Goldman Sachs Communacopia is a big giant corporate chat fest, sort of like Comic-Con if Hall H was just for investors, and both WB CEO Jeff Bewkes and Disney head Bob Iger appeared to talk about stuff…including superheroes.
Acknowledging that the reviews for Batman v Superman and Suicide left somthing to be desired, Bewkes said there’s “a little room for improvement.”
But he stressed that the two titles released to date have been financially successful and have achieved the larger strategic goal of reinvigorating classic DC characters for a new generation of moviegoers.
Referencing the lukewarm critical response to this year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad,” Bewkes admitted during his Q&A at Goldman Sachs’ Communacopia investor conference: “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.”
DC Films heads Geoff Johns and Jon Berg have been tasked with lightening to mood for Justice League and Wonder Woman, both due next year, and the slate that is planned through 2020 is motoring on.
“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.
It has indeed! Can you imagine a world that is eagerly awaiting a Wonder Woman movie? We are living in that world! More of Bewkes remarks are summarized here.
For Iger, it was just more of the same plan for success with Star Wars and the Marvel juggernaut. There’s a write up of his remarks here and a transcript here.
Star Wars of course, is floating along in hyperdrive with recomissioned Rogue ONe out in a few months (!!!), Star Wars VII, Han Solo and more. And Marvel is beginning to plot out the roaring 20s as well:
“We had a similar meeting with Marvel a week-and-a-half ago to plot [those films] out, where we’ve got movies in either development or production — some nearing completion — through the end of this decade,” Iger stated during his interview. “[There], we too are beginning to talk about what do we do the next decade, and so on?”
When all of this was announced 2020 seemed so far away, and now it’s just around the corner. Will you have room for all the decorative lunchboxes and Snapchat filters for these movies? Best to start building an addition to the house now.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.