DC Comics’ Jim Lee sees a bright future for the DCEU

DC Comics publisher Jim Lee praised Warner Bros.’ upcoming comic book films.

The DC Extended Universe got off to a somewhat bumpy start but after a few successes, the franchise seems to have hit its stride. Now, possibilities for the franchise have many excited, including DC Comics own Jim Lee.

During his appearance at the C2E2 Expo, Lee discussed (via ComicBook.com) the state of the cinematic franchise, laying out what’s coming down the line:

“We’ve been working on the slate. We have an amazing Batman movie, Suicide Squad is just killer, and Black Adam next year. These are all just next year with Wonder Woman ’84, which has tremendous momentum from the first movie that was amazing.”

Not only did he express his excitement for the three films coming in 2021, but he also praised the leadership at Warner Bros.:

“So there’s a lot of great positive things happening as that universe continues to move on. I think next year will be the first time ever that we’ll have three theatrical releases in one year. And Walter Hamada’s in charge of DC Films. He’s a great partner. Loves DC. Super creative. Great relationships with filmmakers. So we’re very positive and hopeful for the future of the DC Extended Universe.”

The DC Extended Universe was launched back in 2013 with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, which opened to solid box office success and mixed reviews. The franchise would hit a slump with the 2016 follow-up, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, as it failed to meet expectations at the box office and divided audiences. That same year saw the release of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, a financially successful venture that was poorly received by critics and fans alike. The franchise’s biggest misfire would arguably come in 2017 with Justice League. That movie, as most know, was marred by production changes and ultimately underperformed at the box office.

Nevertheless, the DCEU has had its share of successes. Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman was a hit with fans and ended its run with over $800 million worldwide. Aquaman and Shazam! also brought critical and financial success, with the former earning over $1 billion worldwide. And although the DCEU’s most recent feature, Birds of Prey, has earned lower box office numbers, it has still been a critical success.

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Things are moving quickly for the DCEU and, as Lee mentioned, 2021 will mark the first year in which there have been three releases. In addition to those movies, The Flash and sequels to Aquaman and Shazam! are also in the works. The road hasn’t been easy for the DCEU, but it now seems to have found some momentum. And with what’s on the way, it’s no surprise that Lee is excited.