Watch: Other Industry Pros Weigh in On the Report of Warner Bros. Worrying About Batman v Superman

Saturday, 13 February 2016 - 1:15PM
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Saturday, 13 February 2016 - 1:15PM
Watch: Other Industry Pros Weigh in On the Report of Warner Bros. Worrying About Batman v Superman
Quite recently, HitFix's Drew McWeeny made the claim that the executives over at Warner Bros. were worried about how well Batman v Superman would actually do based off of reactions from private screenings. This report caused a bit of an uproar, especially among DC fans who've been waiting for the film and anticipating its success for so long. Now, another group of reporters and industry professionals who know McWeeny personally have weighed in on whether or not his reports are accurate:

 

The guys talking about the recent rumor are other geek culture journalists (and in the case of Jason Inman, an actual employee of DC as the co-host of the DC All Access videos) who know McWeeny and seem to believe that HitFix wouldn't have run the report if they didn't legitimately think it was true. According to them, the studio probably is a bit nervous with judgment day on the horizon - after all, everyone knows that Batman v Superman is sort of a make or break for the current DCEU slate.  

However, they also think that it's not nearly as bad as some are making it out to be. They say that the issue probably isn't that Warner Bros. thinks the film's terrible, but rather that it hasn't made quite the impression on early viewers that the corporation would undoubtedly like for a movie of this size and scope to do.  

They also make a great point that if the DCEU's current slate is switched up a bit, that it wouldn't necessarily be such a bad thing. Likewise, they comment that if the studio does end up getting a different director for Justice League than Snyder, that it wouldn't shake things up nearly as much as what some are saying.  

And it definitely wouldn't. I'm personally a Snyder fan, having liked/loved 300, Watchmen, and yes, even Man of Steel. However, I do realize that his movies are often incredibly divisive, and I've worried that Batman v Superman may be the same. If it is, it may be the best bet for the studio to start working with another director. All three of the speakers in the video unanimously agree that they'd prefer Ben Affleck to direct Justice League over Snyder, and with his amazing track record as a director, it would be incredibly hard not to join in the choir. Snyder's a hardcore comic fan and he's great with action sequences, but let's be realistic: Affleck's a comic fan himself and would quite arguably be the better man for the job.    

On a side note, even though the guys in the video believe McWeeny's a credible source, there are other industry pros who disagree with his claims. For instance, Umberto Gonzalez (the guy who gave a totally accurate scene for scene breakdown of the latest Suicide Squad trailer weeks before it was ever released) stated in a recent Periscope broadcast that Snyder will no doubt be the one to direct Justice League, no matter what. Likewise, the editor-in-chief of JoBlo (the site that described Wonder Woman's costume with total precision before it ever appeared in promotional images) has stated that his sources loved the film.



Of course, both Gonzalez and Shirley have been wrong about things before. Yet in that case, so has McWeeny. For those that don't remember, he was the guy that came up with the rumor about DC having a "no jokes policy." That one was thoroughly debunked some time ago, and even if it wasn't, the second to last Batman v Superman trailer as well as the new Suicide Squad trailer prove him totally wrong. However, claims that he's an ultra biased DC hater are simply unfounded; this is one of the guys who gave Man of Steel an ultra-raving review.      

Let it suffice to say that all of these reporters and industry pros have been hit and miss from time to time. The recent report of Warner Bros. being worried about Batman v Superman probably has at least some truth to it, as they'd be crazy not to be jittery about such a make or break moment considering their future plans. Yet it may not be nearly as bad of a situation as some are thinking. Likewise, this isn't the first time reports of the studio being worried didn't end up foretelling a financial and critical flop (remember Mad Max: Fury Road?). Regardless, fans will have to wait until the movie actually premieres to be sure - and the wait's almost over.  

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice premieres in theaters March 25th, 2016.
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