David Zaslav Talks About DC Reset With 10-Year Vision

Dusting off after the recent cancelations, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav now talks about his plans for DC with a 10-year vision. In the recent investor Q&A on the company’s Q2 call. Deadline reports that the CEO laid out plans for the future of DC. In fact, the CEO is determined to build a strong business out of the DC franchise. In his statement:

Our ambition is to bring Warners back and produce great, high-quality films. We can build a long-term sustainable growth business out of DC. We’re not releasing a film before it’s ready.

Zaslav can’t be more emphatic when he stresses the lack of economical value of making direct-to-streaming movies. This definitely scraps the previous thrust to make movies for HBO Max streaming. Does he mean that he would rather have theatrical movies and release them for streaming after it’s run in cinemas? The 10-Year plan for DC is on the drawing board. In his following words, it appears so:

There’s no comparison when you launch a film in motion picture theaters. Expensive films going to streaming … can’t find an economic value for it.

We’ll always be agile. But the focus will always be on theatrical.

David Zaslav Talks About DC Reset With 10-Year Vision

David Zaslav, DC, Films, Reset, 10-Year Vision

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Many fans are quite upset with the fact that they canceled a movie while another which has its lead in questionable standing is still on the running for its release. David Zaslav still states that The Flash movie is still on track for its release. He says:

We have seen The Flash, Black Adam and Shazam 2. We are very excited about them. We’ve seen them. We think they are terrific, and we think we can make them even better.

Did he just forget about Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom? What did he mean about their ability to make them even better? Does it mean that they will show these movies then make follow up movies that are better? or are they going to re-do these movies?

This time of transition is truly painful for fans especially those who are directly involved in the projects that were affected. While some titles are also dreading their turn on the chopping board, there are others who aren’t in any where near the jumpship plank.

Ever since the news about the merger and the statements that David Zaslav has given before, it’s inevitable that projects are going to get their sentence. He has expressed his observation that DC is an under-utilized asset. He noted that the movies that DC produced lacked the grander broader vision that it can potentially have. Of all the existing franchises of IPs, DC has the capacity to be equal to what Marvel has achieved.

David Zaslav Talks About DC Reset With 10-Year Vision

David Zaslav, DC, Films, Reset, 10-Year Vision

Image: Warner Bros.

For the most part, what he has observed is true. DC has been keeping their characters separate and all over the place. Each character has their own bubble of story. The disconnect among the movies is what Zaslav thinks to be a problem. It comics have featured these characters together fluidly. How come, when it’s in the theaters, it somehow is difficult for DC? And how come Marvel is able to do it but not them?

While the recent decisions can be viewed as drastic and wasteful, maybe the 10-year plan holds something better for the fans. DC owes the fans better string of movies. Sure the worlds that Matt Reeves and Todd Phillips have created are impressive but the potential for a grander scale is undeniable for DC. Analysts have time and again pointed out that DC has to have the bigger picture cleared up. Zaslav knows this and he has been looking for DC’s version of Marvel’s Kevin Feige. He is looking for that person still.

In the mean time, people are asking about the fates of currently developing DC character stories. For now, all we can do is wait.

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