According to reports, Warner Bros. is looking for a Kevin Feige-like person to supervise DC films and TV projects.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is in charge of the wildly popular Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Marvel Cinematic World (MCU) revolutionised blockbuster entertainment with the release of the first ‘Iron Man‘ in 2008, introducing the shared universe concept, which is still going strong 14 years later. With a full slate of planned films and TV series, the franchise is presently in Phase 4. The MCU has amassed a worldwide box office total of more than $25 billion. Following the MCU’s critical and commercial success, other studios sought to create their own shared universes. Unsurprisingly, Warner Bros. kept the DC Extended Universe going, beginning with Zack Snyder‘s ‘Man of Steel’. However, the polarised reaction to that film, ‘Batman v Superman‘ and the theatrical version of ‘Justice League‘ put DC movies in jeopardy. The original vision for the DCEU got shelved. The studio is hoping to get the DC franchise back on track now that the Discovery/WarnerMedia deal has gotten completed.
- Warner Bros seek candidates similar to Kevin Feige
- Why will Warner Bros need someone like Kevin Feige?
Warner Bros seek for candidates similar to Kevin Feige
According to Variety, David Zaslav, the new CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, is seeking “candidates with experience in creating and nurturing blockbuster intellectual property to potentially find someone to serve as a creative and strategic czar similar to what Marvel has in Kevin Feige”. Zaslav also mainly expressed interest in,
“someone who has the type of business background needed to keep all the different factions at DC working more harmoniously”.
Why will Warner Bros need someone like Kevin Feige?
Following the theatrical release of ‘Justice League’, WB switched their DC movie approach away from mimicking Marvel’s shared world paradigm. While characters like Aquaman, Shazam, and others made connections to the greater DC universe, they primarily functioned as self-contained entities. ‘The Batman’, directed by Matt Reeves, took place in a completely different timeline. Future DC films, like ‘The Batman’, will be directed by filmmakers, implying that they will stick to the current model of solo films with the possibility of sequels or spinoffs. Of course, depending on how Warner Bros. Discovery chooses to adjust things in the future, that could change.
‘Peacemaker’ Season 2, ‘The Batman Penguin and Gotham PD’ series, and ‘Wonder Woman 3’ are among the DC films and shows in development. It is unclear how they would be affected. WB is clearly eager to profit from its enormous library of DC characters, with comic book adaptations still extremely popular. The studio wants to capitalise on the fact that DC is home to some of the most well-known individuals in pop culture. Despite the Feige similarity, they are not searching for someone to create a shared universe in the MCU model.
What they want is to devise a solid plan for their various superheroes so that everyone at the studio is on the same page about what’s going on. WB’s investment in Reeves’ future The Batman universe is perhaps indicative of their mindset. Perhaps the plan to get DC back on track is to follow in the footsteps of Superman and others.
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