Warner Bros. reportedly has a ten-year plan for their DC films, similar to what the MCU has over at Disney. Following the shocking news that Warner Bros. Discovery is scrapping Batgirl completely even though the film had been nearly completed, the studio and the future of the DCEU brand has been at the center of numerous questions and headlines. Batgirl‘s cancellation was an unprecedented move, and it signaled a major shift in strategy for Warner Bros. Discovery. and its DC brand.
Rumors have begun to circulate that the planned Supergirl film starring Sasha Calle that would spin out from The Flash has been scrapped, and there is a chance the studio will also push back release dates for major films like Shazam! Fury of the Gods and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Warner Bros. Discovery has tried to deflect the negative attention by announcing a release date for Joker: Folie à Deux; additionally, Lady Gaga confirmed she has joined as Harley Quinn. However, with Batgirl‘s cancellation looming large, it seems like every small DC project from Zatanna to Static Shock is in danger of being scrapped if it does not meet the new regime’s vision for what DC movies should look or feel like.
During the Warner Bros. Discovery Quarterly 2 Investor Call (via Variety), CEO David Zaslav says that DC is a top priority for the studio and states his plan to form a team with a “10-year plan focusing just on DC.” This is not unlike the approach Disney has taken with the MCU, which was crafted by Kevin Feige, Bob Iger, and Alan Horn. Warner Bros. wants to focus on quality and will not release DC movies before they are ready. Despite saying they have a ten-year plan, however, Zaslav does not mention who would be leading this team.
Warner Bros. Discovery has recruited Horn back to the company in a consulting position after he retired from Disney in 2021. Horn was previously COO of Warner Bros. from 1999 to 2011, and under his leadership, the studio had many hits including the Harry Potter franchise and Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. With Horn returning to Warner Bros., Zaslav is likely hoping that he will be able to shape DC back to the box office success it was during the Dark Knight days while bringing in everything he learned at Disney with the MCU. Horn might very well be a part of this mysterious DC team, though that is mere speculation at this point. At the very least, it can be said that setting up a proper roadmap for the future should be a positive change for DC.
Aside from the recently announced Joker: Folie à Deux, there are only five other DC films with set release dates: Black Adam, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, The Flash, and Blue Beetle. However, the cancellation of Batgirl shows that no film is truly safe if the new studio does not think it is worthy of release, or if it does not fit within this 10-year plan. No DCEU films after 2024 have been set for release. It was previously reported that DC wanted its own Feige, so it is possible an announcement could be coming soon about a new form of leadership and what the plan is moving forward.
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Source: Warner Bros. Discovery (via Variety)