While Marvel and Disney have found success with their rolling roster of superhero scribes and directors (Spider-Man: Homecoming had an impressive six credited screenwriters), DC films haven’t been as fortunate. Now, Warner Bros. studio is making some changes to figure out how it can remain competitive on the superhero side of cinema.
In conversation with The Wrap, Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara said that Warner Bros. "can’t do what Disney’s done" and that his company will be streamlining its creative process when it comes to new DC films. This comes after a disappointing Justice League debut and a year with two hit Marvel films (the aforementioned Spider-Man and Thor: Ragnarok).
Disney’s method has "worked really, really well for them," according to the CEO, but it's not clicking for WB, which needs “to continue to create a balanced slate of all types of movies and all genres.” The leadership shakeup at WB has already commenced, with Walter Hamada now in charge of DC films and with Warner Bros. Pictures Chairman Toby Emmerich responsible only to Tsujihara, whereas before there was a committee process to approve films.
"Toby has green light, I have red light," Tsujihara said, meaning Emmerich can single-handedly get films rolling but Tsujihara can kill them. This balance of executive power certainly removes bureaucratic debate from the filmmaking process, leaving the studio’s creative output in the hands of just two men.
With a huge slate of films on the horizon (including Aquaman’s stand-alone film and the Wonder Woman sequel), it will be no time at all before this new content strategy’s output can be judged by audiences and critics alike.