There Won’t Be 4 Batmans, Says Warner Bros CEO

pattinson, affleck, and keaton as batman

These three guys are in upcoming movies. Or are they?
Picture: Warner Bros.

It’s true. The power hierarchy in the DC universe is about to change. But he there will be no Black Adam making the change – the CEO of Warner Bros. It’s a discovery David Zaslav. At a recent event, he described it the future of DC Films more focused and singular than before. “There won’t be four Batmans,” he said.

Speaking at the Capital Markets Technology, Internet, Media and Telecommunications Conference (via IndieWire), the head of the company discussed what he felt DC needed to do to be more successful, and he is, of course, looking at Marvel. “The strategy that [former Disney CEO Bob] Iger was put together like Marvels in one place,” said Zaslav. “You don’t wake up and find out there’s a Batman TV show somewhere and a Batman cartoon somewhere else, they must all relate to each other. There has to be a look and feel to everything. And so, I went on a journey a few months ago of, ‘How do I put all of DC in one place?’ “Because I think this is one of the biggest opportunities for this company.”

The answer, it turns out, comes by hiring new leaders of DC Films James Gunn and Peter Safran, tasked with creating a new, focused future for the brand. “Part of our strategy is to get the hell out of DC, which James and Peter are going to do,” Zaslav said. “They made the fans happy, I think they will make you happy over time. But also really focus on our strategic advantage, our great content that everyone in the world knows about, and focus on telling those stories.”

The CEO said that Superman is, of course, the focus (“We didn’t do a Superman film in 13 years,” he also noted), and while Gunn is working on writing a new DC movie, Safran is “fixing” Aquaman. Whatever that means. Maybe it has to do with reality Ben Affleck’s Batman was set for a cameo in the next series? And if he does, does that give DC the aforementioned four Batmans roaming around in live action? Meaning Robert Pattinson in The BatmanBen Affleck in Aquaman and the Lost KingdomMichael Keaton in The Flashand the young actor as Bruce Wayne from the Joker series? We don’t know.

It was not mentioned at the event, but the other thing that Zaslav brings to mind is the multifaceted story of The Flash. A movie was rumored to have been made with the clear goal of giving DC another starting point for its stories. Will k have this ideawill everything with focus change that movie? Is the CEO already given The Flash mind Stick girl and dismissed him as one? There are so many questions to be answered in the coming months as Gunn is set to reveal what we think are his final two Marvel projects (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and that franchise’s Christmas special), and DC gets back to theaters with Shazam! Fury of the Gods and The Flash.


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