CEO David Zaslav Reveals a 10-Year Plan for DC Films – includes The Flash

Just two days after Warner Bros. Discovery made the stunning move to cancel the HBO Max film Batgirl, and announce the end of the new Supergirl project, an unapologetic CEO David Zaslav sought to reassure Wall Street there is a cohesive plan for the future of DC, THR reports.


“You look at Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman — these are brands that are known everywhere in the world,” Zaslav said during an earnings call 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.”



DC has long wished to emulate the success of the Disney-owned Marvel Studios, which Kevin Feige has built into the highest-grossing film franchise in history. Zaslav recently brought Feige’s former boss, retired Disney film chief Alan Horn, on as an adviser. During the earnings call, Zaslav suggested DC would try to emulate the Marvel playbook. “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.”



He also confirmed that The Flash movie starring Ezra Miller is still a go, despite the actor’s numerous scandals this year.


“We have seen ‘The Flash,’ ‘Black Adam’ and ‘Shazam 2,’” said Zaslav during the company’s Q2 earnings call on Thursday.


“We are very excited about them. We think they are terrific, and we think we can make them even better.” Miller, who played Barry Allen aka the Flash in 2018’s “Justice League” and the 2021 Zack Snyder cut, has been at the center of numerous controversies regarding alleged abusive behavior. These allegations include choking an Icelandic woman in a bar and harassing another woman in her home in Berlin.



In addition, the actor has been arrested twice in Hawaii this year, once for disorderly conduct and harassment and another time for second-degree assault. “The Flash,” which was delayed several times before landing on a June 23, 2023 release date, shares a writer in Christina Hodson with the now-canceled “Batgirl.” Additionally, both films were set to feature the return of Michael Keaton as Batman, 30 years after he starred in Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns.” Ben Affleck is also set to appear as the “Justice League” version of Batman in the “The Flash,” with the cast also including Ron Livingston, Kiersey Clemons, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue and Sasha Calle. “The Flash” is directed by Andy Muschietti, after multiple directors such as Seth Grahame-Smith, Rick Famuyiwa and the duo of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were attached and left due to creative differences.


“We are very excited about them. We’ve seen them. We think they are terrific, and we think we can make them even better,” Zaslav said in terms of marketing and distributing the upcoming films. As long as Ezra Miller can stay out of trouble, and the movie is still able to be fixed, there’s a very good chance The Flash will meet it’s current released date next summer.


via Variety

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