2022 was a horrible year at the box office for DC StudiosAnd the future doesn’t look good, according to an industry expert. A division of Warner Bros. DC Studios, founded in 2016 as DC Films, before rebranding this year, is dedicated to producing films and TV shows based on characters from DC Comics. To date, several films have been made, and the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), the company’s answer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has so far released 11 films, with varying degrees of success.
Despite DC’s best efforts, 2022 hasn’t been a good year for the company, as the highly anticipated films Black Adam It underperformed at the box office, in addition to wholesale changes causing turmoil within the company. In fact, industry expert Matt Belloni, former editor of Hollywood ReporterHe spoke candidly about the matter in a recent episode of his podcast, City. Summing up the company’s disastrous year, Belloni called DC on and off screen to “general disasterwhile also suggesting that the company lacks focus and direction. Read the full comments below:
Well, my debacle of the year… I’m going to go to one division of Warner Bros. Discovery, which is DC. And if you look at the year that DC has had, it’s quite a thing. I mean, aside from that they rebooted the Batman franchise In March, which I think, given everything that’s involved, this movie making $770 million worldwide is a hit, so put that aside. But the rest of the year isn’t great in Washington, D.C. If you look, first of all Everything, they had League of Super-Pets, which came out this summer, made about $200 million, not a hit They had Black Adam with the Rock, which was delayed in the summer and released in the fall, that movie cost almost $200 $1 million and grossed around $390 million, which isn’t enough when you’re talking about DC superhero movies.
Then, they’ve had one after another of controversy and scandal associated with the movies, everything from Ezra Miller’s situation on The Flash, where it’s unclear how they’re going to handle that movie from now on, when Ezra Miller is now accused of a crime and there’s all sorts of other things. which is about Ezra Miller. They had the Zaslav debacle where the Batgirl movie was canceled after it was finished for a tax write-off, and that pissed off all the people who worked on that movie, and it became a narrative all fall. If you look at, even, Aquaman 2, the star of that, one of the stars, Amber Heard, had this whole Johnny Depp attitude that Warner Bros. dragged him through DC. Ray Fisher, who is on Justice League, has continued to make allegations of discrimination and racism against the studio.
Then, you look at the executive stuff. They’ve brought in new leadership, with James Gunn and Peter Safran, this year, and it’s been a tough turnaround. Walter Hamada, who was the previous incumbent, knew he was out but he was a lame duck, and this was an awkward situation as they were supposedly trying to force him to stay and he didn’t stay. Then, they had this really awkward situation where Henry Cavill was placed at the end of Black Adam as Superman, suggesting he’s back as Superman. And an Instagram grab he did also suggested he’s back as Superman. But days later, the new DC men came along. And they said, “You know what, we’re not going to do that,” and about seven or eight weeks later, they called Henry Cavill into their office and said, “Yeah, you’re fired. We’re getting a new Superman.”
All of this – throw away the Patty Jenkins Wonder Woman 3 treatment – all of this has just been a chaotic year for DC. Some may say that this is justified, when you come with a new leadership, you have to clean the house and start over, and they have what they say is a clear plan that they will formulate at some point. But for me, it’s the disaster of the year.”
Where does DC Studios go from here?
The future is fraught with danger for DC Studios, and it’s probably even worse than many people realize. The studio has long been criticized for wanting what some think of as the MCU’s levels of success, but without the long-term efforts it took for the MCU to achieve that success. This became apparent due to the studio’s regular reboot attempts – both soft suicide squad Reboot and new Batman The franchise has been released in the past five years. This was coupled with highly publicized contractual issues with the stars, and an executive-level reshuffle with former MCU golden boy James Gunn being named president of DC Studios.
Many fans believe that DC Studios’ greatest chances for success lie in getting Superman and Batman recasting Regal. However, the sea change currently sweeping the company, as well as the departures of superstars like Dwayne Johnson and Henry Cavill, are causing some nerves among the DC faithful. This has been coupled with the news that Wonder Woman 3 It wouldn’t be moving forward with Patty Jenkins, and Gunn had to debunk rumors of Gal Gadot’s exit from the DCU. It’s a crucial next few years for DC Studios, and there’s very little margin for error at the box office right now. Hopefully, John and co-studio director Peter Safran can anchor the ship and upcoming movies Sparkle And the Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom The DCEU could reignite at the box office, and bring in numbers that will help them compete with the MCU.
The future direction the company will take is still unclear, but one area where DC Studios has enjoyed success in the past has been with its darker, more artsy projects, such as Batmanand Oscar-winning the Joker. More films of this type would certainly help and interest audiences looking for comic book movies that are a little closer to what they read on the page. For now, DC fans will have an anxious wait to see what other changes Gunn and Safran have in mind, but it’s clear that DC Studios It needs to radically reinvent itself to turn around its fortunes at the box office.
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