Warner Bros. has yet to release a film in the current DC Cinematic Universe (DCCU) that has pleased fans and critics alike. The franchise is already three movies in with "Man of Steel," "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," and "Suicide Squad" but not one of them has been praised as much as the movies produced by Marvel Studios.
Time Warner CEO, Jeff Bewkes talks about the current state of DCCU films and said that there is definitely "a little room for improvement."
Variety reported that, during an investors meeting, Bewkes talked about the DC franchise needing to make some improvement with the "creative execution" of the films. Though the past two movies have been financially successful but the response from the critics has never been anything but divisive.
He admitted, "The DC Comics characters ... have a little more lightness in them than maybe what you saw in those movies, so we're thinking about that."
A source retorted by saying that "a lighter tone is not a guarantee of success," but producers Deborah Snyder and Geoff Johns have been talking about adding a little more optimism to the franchise.
Dark the films may be but most of the complaints stemmed from the convoluted stories or the underdeveloped/underused characters in the movies. "The Dark Knight" was a commercial success not because of the dark realism that director Christopher Nolan brought to the screen, but because of the actors' perfect characterization and execution of the film.
As of now, the hopes of reinvigorating the DCCU lie on next year's "Wonder Woman" and "Justice League." So far the response for Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman has been positive, and fans could stand to be a bit more optimistic when it comes to the future of the franchise.
"Wonder Woman" is set for a June release in 2017 while "Justice League" is set to come out in November of the same year.