Even after the internet exploded with many criticisms last month when Warner Brothers announced that Ben Affleck would portray the Dark Knight in their rebooted cinematic universe, the studio is standing by their choice. When addressing investors, CEO Kevin Tsujihara described Affleck as “perfect for the vision.” As for that vision, Tsujihara states that this take on Batman will be “kind of tired and weary and seasoned and been doing it for a while… We think it’s going to be huge.”
He also stated the importance of the DC brand to Warner Brothers as a whole. It “really does tie to all parts of our business”, pointing out that there are currently three DC animated series and two huge games now out. Tsujihara added that he “could not be happier” with the $660 million performance of ‘Man of Steel’ and thinks “it’s the perfect springboard for Batman and Superman.”
He also added “I love the way our slate is positioned going forward. We’re confident we can grow this business.”
With the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise wrapped up, it looks like Warner Brothers is looking to push the DC super heroes as its next all-ages franchise.
Well, of course the WB’s CEO is going to gush about Affleck. But to be fair, I think most people are waiting to see how he does at this point, now that the initial outrage has died down. But for some reason, the “weary and seasoned” description makes me think that makes Affleck less suited for the role, which is probably the opposite of what Tsujihara wanted.
But after a stagnant few years, it’s nice that DC is getting the focus from parent company Warner Brothers. Maybe this is just the tip of the iceberg.
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