Warner Bros. Discovery to Focus on Superman Says David Zaslav

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Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav has a plan moving forward, a plan that will have Superman front and center in the studio’s focus.

“We’re going to have a real focus on franchises” said President and CEO David Zaslav during an investor’s call on Thursday, November 3.

Interestingly, Zaslav made the comment, “We haven’t had a Superman movie in 13 years, and we haven’t had a Harry Potter movie in 15 years.”

It’s an odd statement considering 13 years ago, in 2009, there was no Superman movie released by Warner Bros. “Superman Returns” was released in 2006, but the studio has released four movies involving Superman since then, with “Man of Steel” (2013), “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2016), “Justice League” (2017), and “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” (2021).

The same goes for “Harry Potter,” with the three “Fantastic Beasts” films released in 2016, 2018 and 2022.

“I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few months with James and Peter,” Zaslav added, referring to newly installed heads of DC Studios James Gunn and Peter Safran. “They have a powerful vision and blueprint that will drive a more unified creative approach that will enable us to realize the full value of one of the world’s most iconic franchises.”

Source: Deadline.

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November 3, 2022 8:33 pm

I hope that Mr. Zaslav will realize that Superman needs success on TV as well as on the big screen. We can have both Cavill and Hoechlin playing the role of Superman. There’s no good reason to cancel one for the sake of the other. That would be excluding the part of the Superman fan base as well as taking away a version of Superman that fans love.

November 4, 2022 3:02 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

Mr. Zaslav, please don’t take away the hope that Tyler’s Superman brings. Think about all of the fans that love Superman and Lois. You’d be literally throwing away money by canceling this series. That I believe. And also potentially losing fans and viewers for your company.

November 5, 2022 8:01 am
Reply to  Superman2878

Well said, Superman2878. I wholeheartedly agree with you. Keep both Cavill and Hoechlin. Warner Brothers Discovery should keep this in mind so that they don’t alienate a part of the Superman-fanbase.

November 6, 2022 1:23 am

Thank you so much for saying that GodzillaofSteel! I can’t tell you how good it is to read that I’m not the only one who feels this way. 🙂

November 6, 2022 6:58 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

You’re welcome, Superman2878. I share your sentiment. I’m also a big proponent of fans sticking together and showing support for the characters and things we love. Something I love about us Superman-fans is that, from what I’ve seen, our fanbase is not toxic like other fanbases are. The Superman-fanbase reminds me of the Jazz music-fanbase whereby (in the case of Jazz music fans) we support the music together and enjoy it together without toxicity and negativity. That’s why both Superman and Jazz music are 2 of my favorite things which I’ll wholeheartedly support. Furthermore, we don’t want to alienate any… Read more »

November 7, 2022 12:17 am

I agree with everything you’ve said GodzillaofSteel! 😀

November 4, 2022 9:30 am

Really excited to hear that. Also hoping that WBD realizes that Clark is as big a part of Superman, and does some focus on him at puts his joy and optimism in to the character.

November 5, 2022 8:02 am
Reply to  Mikev83

Exactly!! Clark Kent is absolutely an essential part of Superman being who he is. Writers need to remember this and incorporate it into their stories for the big screen.

November 4, 2022 11:32 am

In fairness, for a weird statement… I would agree we haven’t had ‘a Superman movie’ for a long while. BVS and JL weren’t in my opinion – Superman movies – despite having Superman in them. MoS – was called Man of Steel – not Superman. (maybe because of the arc of the alternative storyline) Yes, these were interesting films and stories told (irrespective of what generation you’re from) – but I still believe there’s an ultimate Superman story to be told. As Henry Cavill said recently. He wants to bring a Superman with hope and where the audience leaves the… Read more »

November 5, 2022 7:59 am

I’m glad that David Zaslav has plans for Superman to be front and center in DC. That’s great to hear. However, I completely agree with a fellow Superman-fan on this site, Superman2878. We need Superman to succeed on both TV and the big screen. Keep Hoechlin on TV (which has a fanbase of viewers) and still continue on with Cavill for big screen Superman movies.

November 7, 2022 12:34 am

Exactly GodzillaofSteel! Give Hoechlin’s Superman more seasons for years to come! Cavill’s Superman will be back soon so for his fans give him his Superman movies. And Superman needs a streaming series starring Brandon Routh’s Superman! And make a movie or movie trilogy where Routh’s, Cavill’s and Hoechlin’s versions of Superman meet and team up. Give us multiple animated projects too! We got the My Adventures with Superman series coming soon. Whatever happened to that Smallville animated project that Tom Welling teased a while back? Is that still happening? I hope so. Give us more Young Justice seasons! More Titans… Read more »

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