Warner Bros Discovery chief David Zaslav said on this morning’s earnings call that the company is looking to Marvel Studios – and in particular, what Kevin Feige has done over there – for inspiration in where they plan to take the DC Cinematic Universe.
“You look at Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman — these are brands that are known everywhere in the world,” Zaslav said Thursday. “We have done a reset. We’ve restructured the business where we are going to focus, where there is going to be a team with a 10-year plan focusing just on DC. We believe we can build a much more sustainable business.”
“It’s very similar to the structure Alan Horn, [former Disney CEO] Bob Iger and Kevin Feige put together very effectively at Disney. We think we can build a much stronger, sustainable growth business out of DC,” said Zaslav. “As part of that, we are going to focus on quality. We are not going to release any film before it’s ready. … DC is something we can make better.”
Meanwhile, Zaslav said he’s very happy with the next three superhero tentpole pics the studio has on the docket.
“We have seen The Flash, Black Adam and Shazam 2,” said Zaslav, “We are very excited about them. We’ve seen them. We think they are terrific, and we think we can make them even better.”
“The Flash”, added Zaslav, remains on track to release next year.