Warner Bros. Discovery's latest developments are causing a lot of uncertainty, particularly in regard to their DC films. Many superhero enthusiasts were concerned about what would happen to their promising comic book properties after the shocking announcement that Batgirl, which was once scheduled to premiere on HBO Max, will not be released in any capacity.
While there are still unanswered questions about the company's future, the new CEO came forward to say that this year's Black Adam and Shazam! Fury of the Gods, as well as next year's The Flash, were not on the cutting block. Rather, Zaslav was quick to praise all three of these upcoming blockbusters, and he stated that he'll only strive to improve them in the weeks and months ahead.
Zaslav had the following to say about the DC adaptations during the company's recent investor meeting:
We have seen The Flash, Black Adam, and Shazam 2. We are all very excited about them. We have seen them. We think they are fantastic, and we believe we may improve them.
David Zaslav, the new Warner Bros. CEO, has announced a 10-year plan for DC movies.
Zaslav hasn't confirmed whether Batgirl's surprise cancellation was to pay a tax write-off for a film that did not fit the company's theatrical goals in the future. Whether the film's test screenings were positive or negative, however, Zaslav has claimed that the film's quality had nothing to do with the decision.
Instead, the CEO notes that Batgirl did not exactly meet their expectations going forward. It was made to be shown on HBO Max, with a scope that's too small for theaters but too big for the small screen. While others claim that there were intentions to invest more money in the film, WB decided it wasn't worth the effort much, to the dismay of fans and its creators.
Collider has also spoken with individuals who have seen test screenings of Shazam and The Flash, all of whom are quite positive about the films, according to one person, who wants even more of the veteran actor.
In the months and years ahead, we'll have a better grasp of WB's intentions, particularly when it comes to their DC properties, which appear to be their top concern despite Batgirl's disastrous fate.