Warner Bros. Discovery Seeks To Shake Up DC Entertainment – Report

Discovery’s $43 billion deal for WarnerMedia closed just days ago. With some personnel changes and a new name – Warner Bros. Discovery – new bosses are looking to shake things up at DC Entertainment, reports Variety.

According to Variety’s sources, top brass at the newly merged company are considering turning DC into its own “solidified content vertical.” CEO David Zaslav was already looking for candidates with experience directing major franchises, likely to fill a role similar to that of Kevin Feige at Disney and Marvel Studios. Sources note that while Aquaman and The Batman did well for Warner Bros., Superman hasn’t had a dedicated photo since Man of Steel (although Henry Cavill did appear in the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice team-up films). and Zack Snyder’s Justice League after Man of Steel). The studio would like to develop more projects with characters outside of the more popular members of the Justice League, pointing to Todd Phillips’ Joker movie and the Harley Quinn Birds of Prey vehicle.

As the company is already beginning to find ways to connect content — the Suicide Squad spinoff Peacemaker, and the two planned spinoffs for The Batman, for example — executives are looking to focus on those comic book projects, in particular by doubling the game. . Zaslav is looking to spend $3 billion on new projects, and DC’s deep stable of characters and stories are seen internally as a way to bring plenty of new IP to life without having to license sources. exterior.

There will likely be other ripple effects to this. Warner Bros.’ Terrestrial network, The CW, has hosted weekly superhero shows since Arrow launched in 2012, followed by The Flash and a handful of others. This network has been officially on sale for a few months now, and if it continues, DC content could go with it or become an HBO Max product. DC has a number of projects currently in various stages of production, including Ezra Miller’s Flash movie (which is reportedly now up in the air thanks to the actor’s recent behavior), Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, Wonder Woman 3, Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam, Shazam! Fury of the Gods and the movie Blue Beetle, which would be the first comic book movie centered around a Latino superhero.

DC also has a variety of TV and streaming projects currently airing or in development, including things like the Batgirl movie, Peacemaker, Doom Patrol, Stargirl, the Green Lantern series, and more. There are plenty of movies far enough in production that they’re not going anywhere, but the TV series will almost certainly come under further scrutiny as Zaslav and the other executives seek to get the most out of their investment.

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