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A new report from Birth.Movies.Death says that director (Furious 7) may be leaving the Warner Bros DC Comics super hero film , right on the heels of the announcement that Seth Grahame-Smith has left The Flash movie over creative differences (news that was tellingly dumped late on a Friday night). Suffice it to say, weve been hearing the same, much of it last night when BMDs report was first published. Is Wan leaving? Well, there is certainly some larger cracks starting to show in the WB/DCU facade.

Weve said it for a long time now, even complained and moaned about it, but copies of someone elses successful template often fail because they are creatively bankrupt. Warner Bros. didnt fast track their DC Universe and vast super heroes intellectual properties after because it seemed finally time to make and movies. Their motives were two-fold: thirst for the $9 billion-plus empire Marvel created with their Marvel Cinematic Universe and feeling the pressures coming at them from all sides, including media, shareholders and CEOs who couldnt understand why the owners of one of the biggest comic book companies couldnt do for DC what Marvel had done for its movies.

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Desperately behind, Batman V. Superman was essentially the first (or second film if you count ) film in the DCU and comparatively, Marvel by that point had already made twelve movies and grossed $9.1 billion dollars (which is now the highest grossing worldwide franchise ever). Now of course, Warner Bros. tried earlier, falling flat on their face with Green Lantern, but Batman V. Superman was only marginally less embarrassing in terms of how it was perceived by most.

Now, Warner Bros. tried to save some face in the public before the release of their flagship film and the bold announcement of their 10-film-deep franchise announced before one picture was even made dismissively implying Marvels films were too light and silly, while touting their seriousness and suggesting their films were filmmaker-driven while Marvels were simply cookie-cutter assembly line jobs.

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Be that as it may, all of the passive aggressive assertions backfired. The serious, somber tone of Batman V. Superman was broodingly unentertaining and so grim and silly that failed to prove he was an auteur all of a sudden, especially with the films incoherent narrative sense that felt like a series of mini-episodes and commercials for other films rather than an orderly or meaningful storyline.

Theres never just one way to skin a cat, but Marvel earned their way to Avengers, setting up that landscape with a solo film for each character before the big team-up movie. Are they masterpieces? No. Did they mostly work creatively and financially for what they were? Yes. But lagging behind in the race, Batman V. Superman felt like a cheap shortcut to getting to a film as soon as humanly possible (JL Part 1 is already shooting now).

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And while Batman V. Superman has made $856 million worldwide so far, its looking like it may fall short of $900 million. Its underreported budget actually hovered close to the $400 million mark, and its marketing spend was one of the highest in Hollywood history. Its a film that could one day become profitable with DVD and various ancillaries, but that day isnt imminent.

Regardless, if Batman V. Superman would have cracked the $1 billion mark (which it wont) and its fans and the studio championed this benchmark, nothing could take away from the negative narrative and critical drubbing that marred the movies release.

Now word is spreading that Warner Bros. is getting worried about what comes next and that confident poise they showed in early interviews has all but evaporated. The impact of it all? BMD says is starting to feel the pressure of performing with and is starting to feel trepidation about the entire project. In fact, the rumor is that Wan feels like he doesnt need , Warner Bros. needs him, and if this turns out to be a huge hassle, he could easily walk away from the project unscathed (he already has two WB films coming out that should be prominent 2016 summer films: 2,and , both of which he produced).

Weve been hearing much of the same: Warners has been battling with over , and theyre now reassessing and second-guessing their entire plan (one that Snyder helped put into place). Additionally, weve heard the euphemism of Seth Graham-Smith departing over creative differences, is bunk and that the writer/director (who has never helmed a feature, let alone a super hero blockbuster) was let go from the project.

Essentially, Warner Bros. are panicking because theyre already locked into a deal with for two films that could cost nearly a billion dollars. With no real way to course correct from Snyder the architect of the DCU thus far, the studio is being incredibly tough on the filmmakers helming their other super hero films. The company cannot afford another failure as loud and expensive as Batman V Superman and so they are taking all precautions necessary, including making sure their films are air-tight, often at the expense of their filmmakers patience. Will walk from ? Considering WB going into alarm and consternation mode, we would not be at all surprised to hear the official news.

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