The Dark Knight Adventure marks a change in strategy for Warner Bros. in regards to DC characters on the big screen. Warner Bros. isn’t giving up on the DCEU, but the studio has shifted its focus to letting directors see their vision through to the end.
Speaking to Deadline, President and CEO of Warner Bros. Pictures Group Tony Emmerich shared his vision for the directorial future of DC films. The head of the studio said that “the secret of the movie business is quality” and “the biggest thing you can do to influence quality” is to hire the right director. Emmerich then stated that DC films “do not have to be in the same tone” and do not have to “overlap with other DC films”.
“The secret of the movie business is quality. It’s the best business strategy for both theatrical and superhero movies. Not all movies have to be in the same key, or overlap with other DC movies, or have references to other movies. Quality “The most important factor for a studio, and the biggest thing you can do to affect quality, is the right director you hire.”
Emmerich took over his position at the WB back in 2017. It was after this that fans began to notice that in Warner Bros. something is changing. From that moment on, the studio began to take risks, let the directors have more free creativity. These include Todd Phillips’ Joker, James Gunn’s Suicide Squad, and now Matt Reeves’ Batman.