We're sure some of you readers are perhaps rolling your eyes upon reading the title of this one. "Oh, boy, another DC/WB doomsday story. What else is new, right?" We definitely understand your pain on that front. While yes, BATMAN v SUPERMAN wasn't incredibly well-received, and it didn't break the bank in the way the studio and some fans were hoping, it was by no means a failure. At the end of the day, the film made its money back, no questions asked. But that doesn't mean the performance and reception of the film doesn't have its consequences, and like it or not, that will definitely have an impact on things moving forward for the studio. Of course, one big potential problem is the foundation it set for the DC Extended Universe.
Considering how poorly-received the film was, is WB and DC moving into their next films with some hesitation? A new report from Birth Movies Death seems to indicate so.
According to the outlet, Zack Snyder and Geoff Johns -- the two main creative forces behind BvS and the upcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE films -- were shocked by the negative critical response to the former film. Now, WB executives are concerned over Snyder's direction for the JUSTICE LEAGUE, but were unable to do anything since the shooting date for the film was just a couple weeks after the release of BvS, as it would potentially hurt the box office sales for the latter film. As a result, Snyder, who is shooting in London, is having a lot of fights and facing a lot of pressure from the studio in Burbank.
Even apart from Snyder, things seem to be pretty shaky. Just yesterday, we reported THE FLASH losing its director, Seth Grahame-Smith, who left the project over creative differences with the studio, and now BMD is saying that James Wan -- who is set to direct Jason Momoa in the AQUAMAN movie -- is feeling "a tremendous amount of trepidation" over moving forward with the film. With Wan already owning the horror genre with films like THE CONJURING, it isn't as though Wan needs AQUAMAN as much as AQUAMAN needs him, and BMD states that Wan is deciding if directing the film is "worth the hassle."
Was Grahame-Smith leaving THE FLASH the proverbial loose thread that threatens to unravel the entire sweater? We can only wait to find out. If nothing else, WB is committed to bringing out at least a couple more flicks. SUICIDE SQUAD seems almost ready to go, with WONDER WOMAN not too far behind, and with JUSTICE LEAGUE in production, it'd lose them a lot of money to shut things down. Considering the studio's reputation for knee-jerk reactions, perhaps it's good that everything is already so far underway. Rather than canceling things prematurely, perhaps this will allow the films to actually build a foundation for the world they're making. We'll have to see whether or not the next couple of movies are good before it can be decided if this is ultimately a good thing.
What are your thoughts on all this? Do you buy rumors of James Wan hemming and hawing about whether or not directing AQUAMAN would be worth it? Let us know your comments down below!
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SOURCE: Birth Movies Death