During a Q&A at Goldman Sachs’ Communacopia investor conference on Wednesday, Time Warner chairman-CEO Jeff Bewkes admitted to investors that there is “a little room for improvement” when it comes to their slate of DC Comics movies, but stressed that the films have been financially successful and have achieved the strategic goals the studio was aiming for.
“The main thing was to launch these DC characters and reinvigorate it with their loyal fanbase…have a little more lightness in them than maybe what you’ve seen in those movies, so we’re thinking about that.”
Bewkes said the studio has enlisted DC Comics entertainment president Geoff Johns and production guru Jon Berg to take a firm hand in guiding the upcoming DC releases. But he sees no reversal in Warner Bros.’ ambitious plan for releasing a string of DC-branded tentpoles through 2020, with “Wonder Woman” and “Justice League” to come next year.
“These movies were very successful in the strategic aims and financial aims we had for them. They helped to reinvigorate moviegoers’ interest in the characters. So the strategy worked. The execution did deliver what we wanted… What you shouldn’t take away is that you should be worried about this. We’re actually more optimistic about it than we were… We’re right on course, or better.”