While both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were somewhat successful monetarily at the box office, both were not exactly up to snuff with both fans and critics alike. upon release. In a recent interview with Variety, DC & WB bigwigs Geoff Johns and Jon Berg acknowledged that there were many lessons learned from the performances of both films.
“There are lessons from every movie,” Berg stated. “You would be silly not to analyze how a movie was received — what went right and what went wrong on the making of a movie. On Suicide Squad, the movie did incredibly well commercially. It didn’t work narratively. You had some great casting and some great characterizations, but where the story fell down was on narrative, on plot. We could do better. Batman v. Superman was tonally dark. People didn’t respond to that.” You can’t argue with that and it’s good that Warner Bros. clearly knows they’ve dropped the ball with Suicide Squad!
That being said, it looks as if they may have actually taken these lessons learned to heart when it came to creating their latest DC character film in Wonder Woman. The film possesses the winning balance of darker and lighter tones, comedy and action/adventure, and is continuing to do well at the box office even now weeks after it premiere. Johns added, “Wonder Woman celebrated exactly who the character is, but looking at it, it’s not like we should change everything to be about hope and optimism. There’s nothing to change. That’s what these characters are.”
It’s clear that Berg and Johns get it now. They see the winning formula and with any luck, this new approach to its DC adaptions will be the new norm and the future of films coming from the DCEU. With Justice League premiering in November and a Wonder Woman sequel just announced, we find this to be not only a great relief but very encouraging as well.
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