Warner Bros. Pictures has been stung a few times now by the mixed reception to their various DC comic book films, and more recently the financial disappointment of the “Justice League” film back in November.
Speaking with EW today, Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich discussed the DC Extended Universe so far and what lies ahead with “Aquaman,” the sequel to their one critical smash hit so far “Wonder Woman,” and beyond. The main aim going forward? Make good movies:
“I think the good movies work better. Somebody once said the best business strategy in motion pictures in quality. And I think in a world of Rotten Tomatoes and social media, what’s been proven the better the movie – particularly in the superhero genre – the better it performs. You can’t hide the bacon anymore.
I would say no matter what, the better the movie is the more advantage it is. Now when you’re talking about art, I do believe that it’s tough to judge art at the moment when its presented to the world. I guess when I say “quality,” I don’t want to judge anybody’s movies completely at the moment of release. But I would say there are movies that are right for their time, that an audience is ready for, that’s in sync with the zeitgeist, and I think you need a movie whose quality is recognized at the moment of release so it’s in touch with the culture of the moment..
We’re at a unique moment around the planet and certain types of movies are working better than others at this moment of time. And I do think Aquaman will sync up with the global culture zeitgeist of what’s happening right now.”
“Aquaman” is currently slated to hit theaters on December 21st.