In what can only be described as the most cathartic letter ever penned, a former Warner Bros. employ has come out and entirely thrashed the company for it’s seeming terrible decision making and the very real world consequences of their actions. Mind you, this isn’t just another fan spouting off about how much they hated Man of Steel, Batman V Superman, and Suicide Squad, this is an insider sticking it to the big wigs for shoddy decisions that have no baring or consequence for the studios higher-ups, but result in jobs lost for those at the bottom of the totem pole.
In an open letter posted on Pajiba, a former Warner Bros. employee going by the pseudonym, Gracie Law (think Big Trouble in Little China), has not only unleashed on WB CEO Kevin Tsujihara, but also director, producer, and Ayn Rand super-fan, Zach Snyder.
Law introduces her letter expressing the recent disdain she had for the WB/DC release of Suicide Squad. Law explains that, “When I left my screening of Suicide Squad last week, I was angry. I was annoyed and let down and frustrated as well, but mostly I was just angry. Look, I’m a big dork. So of course I thought this trainwreck of a movie did a major disservice to the characters, concept, cast, and crew, but that wasn’t why I was mad. Yes, it is unfathomable to me that Warner Bros could mess up a movie starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and The Joker so completely. But that just had me flummoxed.”
She doesn’t stop there, however, and continues to list a smattering of other big budget WB flops. Law explains, “You just don’t get it. And it’s not just DC movies, it’s your whole slate. Jupiter Ascending. Get Hard. Hot Pursuit. Max. Vacation. Pan. Point Break. Fucking PAN, you jerk.”
In addition to the movies listed above, she also has choice words for the release of Adam Sandler’s Blended and Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys along with Edge of Tomorrow, Man from U.N.C.L.E., and The Hobbit trilogy.
Keep in mind, this letter goes FAR beyond studio and movie bashing and fully explains the unfortunate consequences of the studios terrible taste. In fact, Law explains, “Zack Snyder is not delivering. Is he being punished? Assistants who were doing fantastic work certainly were. People in finance and in marketing and in IT. They had no say in a movie called Batman V Superman only having 8 minutes of Batman fighting Superman in it, that ends because their moms have the same name. Snyder is a producer on every DC movie. He is still directing Justice League. He is being rewarded with more opportunity to get more people laid off. I’m assuming you yourself haven’t been financially affected in any real way. You and your studio are the biggest lesson about life one can learn: The top screws up and the bottom suffers. Peter Jackson phones it in and a marketing supervisor has to figure out a plan B for house payments.”
And she’s ABSOLUTELY correct. It’s sad to think that a lot of people behind the marketing of Man of Steel, Batman V Superman, and Suicide Squad were probably the first ones kicked out the door while Zach Snyder get’s to make millions of more dollars along with more sub-par movies. It’s especially sad since the marketing and advertising were arguably the best parts of all of those films.
If you have high hopes for WB/DC’s upcoming Wonder Woman movie, start quelling those now, because according to Law, “What are you even doing? I wish to God you were forced to live out of a car until you made a #1 movie of the year. Maybe Wonder Woman wouldn’t be such a mess. Don’t try to hide behind the great trailer. People inside are already confirming it’s another mess. It is almost impressive how you keep rewarding the same producers and executives for making the same mistakes, over and over.”
While I, and presumably Law, understand that a lot of people do legitimately like these movies, critical response has been terrible and they’ve consistently underpreforming. “How can that be,” you ask? “Didn’t Suicide Squad break the August record,” you might inquire?
While you’d be right, all of these movies have continued to make piles of money despite critical hate, they’re still not making the kind of money the studio is expecting them to pull in. While they have big opening weekends, critical response and poor word of mouth led Batman V Superman to have a 69% drop in sales its second weekend which prevented the movie from crossing it’s $1 billion dollar goal. It’s expected that Suicide Squad’s drop will swing up over 60%, but only time will tell if it’ll be hit harder than BvS, but with a current Rotten Tomato score of 27%, it’s very possible that it could be bigger.
Sadly these drops often get blamed on internal workers that had nothing to with the film, including those in marketing and advertising despite the fact that they’re clearly the only ones doing their jobs properly because if they weren’t, the films wouldn’t open to such huge weekends. Instead, people actually see them film, don’t like it, and then proceed to tell all of their friends. That’s on the director, producers, and studio executives and no one else. No one can say that these movies don’t have talented actors or good story-lines to pull from, but ultimately the higher-ups just can’t make it go.
Anyway, what do you think? Did this woman tell of Warner Brothers in all of the ways that you’d like to or do you think she’s totally wrong? As always, get the conversation rolling in the comments section below.
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