Warner Bros. Studio chairman Toby Emmerich says the DC Movies side of its slate will be filmmaker-driven following hits steered by directors Patty Jenkins and James Wan.
“Great directors are the lifeblood of a studio, but they need great producers,” Emmerich said during the Produced By Conference Saturday (via Deadline) when the panel broached the subject of team-up event films Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, which failed to reach the $1 billion milestone.
After the unveiling success of Wonder Woman and Aquaman, the Wan-directed blockbuster surfaced as the highest-grossing DC Comics-inspired movie and the first DC Extended Universe entry to bypass $1 billion — Comscore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian told CNBC he expects Warner Bros. to mostly steer clear of Marvel Studios-like crossovers in favour of standalone.
“I think they’re in a really good spot right now, and perhaps the lesson learned from Aquaman and Wonder Woman will carry forward,” Dergarabedian said.“Every individual studio has its own identity, and they don’t always have to chase what the others are doing. Batman v Superman took in $873 million worldwide, a lesser-than-expected haul for the first live-action feature teaming two of the world’s finest superheroes, the Dark Knight (Ben Affleck) and the Man of Steel”
Zack Snyder’s Justice League couldn’t earn that much on box office. “That underperformance forced major changes for the handling of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which emerged in November 2017 as the then lowest-earning DCEU entry with just $657 million worldwide; this despite the popularity earned by Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, whose own blockbuster roped up $821 million at the global box office months earlier. hazam! — once the lowest-budgeted DCEU entry before it was learned the studio will spend $75 million on Margot Robbie’s Suicide Squad spinoff Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) — is now the lowest DCEU earner, pulling in $362 million worldwide for Zachary Levi’s kid-turned-adult superhero in his big screen debut.”
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