Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes (via Variety) weighed in on Warner Bros.’ upcoming film slate at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference today. Despite a disappointing 2015, the studio is expected to have a very successful 2016. In addition to bringing the Harry Potter series back with spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, WB will be formally launching the DC Extended Universe with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad.
Bewkes says, “We’re really excited about the slate. Next year we’re going to be shifting more to the very numerous number of big franchise film releases.” The CEO then moves on to discuss one film in particular: Wonder Woman, which recently began production for a 2017 release.
Wonder Woman will be the first comic book movie in over a decade to have a female lead. Thus, it is expected that a bigger female audience will be seeing this film. Bewkes acknowledges that, saying that this particular demographic has not been “served well” for the genre. “We think this could bring an under-represented female audience to this genre that frankly has not been served well in the past and that could be exciting.”
For much more from Bewkes, in which he talks about streaming services and the television business, click the link above.
Wonder Woman is scheduled to hit theaters June 23rd, 2017. The fourth installment in the DC Extended Universe stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui, Elena Anaya and Lucy Davis. Patty Jenkins directs from a script by Jason Fuchs.