News hit this week that Warner chief David Zaslav had opted to bury “Batgirl”, which was in post, rather than release and, consequently, spend money on marketing it.
During today’s Q2 investor call Q&A, the head man at Warner Bros. Discovery responded to the controversy by simply stating the company will not be releasing any films that he doesn’t think are up to scratch.
“Our ambition to is bring Warners back and produce great, high-quality films,” he said. “We can build a long-term sustainable growth business out of DC. We’re not releasing a film before it’s ready. The focus is to make these films as good as possible,” he added.
“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.
Zaslav cited Marvel’s Kevin Feige as an inspiration in terms of where he’d like to see the studio go with their DC projects over the next decade, stating that they’re mapping out a 10-year-plan for the next slate of superhero movies.
It was also revealed today that Zaslav had opted to fold HBO Max and create a new hybrid streaming platform for 2023. That summer, starting in the U.S., Warner Bros. Discovery will begin the process of combining HBO Max with its corporate cousin Discovery+.