Alleged Former WB Employee Rips Studio, Calls 'Wonder Woman' "A Mess"

Despite Suicide Squad opening at #1 and looking likely to hold that spot for a second week, the shit storm over at Warner Bros. continues. Already critics have torn into the film (audiences seem to dig it, though), continuing the criticism they've had of the entire DCU since Man of Steel in 2013. We've heard stories of drastic reshoots to change the film's tone, and even two separate versions of the movie spear-headed by embattled Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara. And now the body blows are being delivered from the inside, or at least by someone who used to be on the inside.

An open letter posted to Pajiba by an alleged ex-WB employee to Tsujihara calls him out for his money failures. And this anonymou writer, going by "Gracie Law", hits him with everything, not just Man of Steel, 'Batman v Superman', and Suicide Squad, but EVERY big movie he's had that has been a dud, such a Jupiter Ascending, Point Break, Get Hard, Pan, The Man from UNCLE, Blended, Jersey Boys, and Hot Pursuit. Oooff, that's an ugly list.  Here are a few excerpts. I hope Tsujihara didn't read this while having his morning coffee...

"A lot of fans might be angry (and rightfully so) because you keep completely whiffing at properties that they are desperate to love and enjoy, but this is a little more personal for me. See, I am a former Warner Bros employee. I have so much respect for your studio..."

She then goes on to say that she wrote this letter a while back but wanted to wait and see how Suicide Squad performed. Apparently she didn't dig it...

"I kept holding off on doing anything with [this open letter] because of one title: Suicide Squad. Zack Snyder’s Dawn of Justice was a fiasco, but here comes this plucky little dark adventure about antiheroes. I love David Ayer. I love Harley Quinn. I love Will Smith. Put the letter in a drawer. The ship isn’t sinking anymore. Everything is fine. There’s no way this movie is bad.

And here we are. I got back from my screening and dusted this sucker off. You, your executive team, and the vision of your ‘extraordinary storytellers’ that resulted in the loss of around one thousand jobs seem intent on crashing the ship into as much shit as you can find in the ocean by making inane decisions over and over again."

But she really seems upset that people like Tsujihara and Snyder aren't being punished for their failures, while the low-level employees are getting canned. 

"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."

Damn yo! What did Peter Jackson do to anybody?? Leave that man alone to count his Hobbit dough! Finally, the author claims that Wonder Woman, which is being directed by Patty Jenkins, is also shaping up to be a disaster despite the trailer everyone loved...

"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."

Okay, this could be nothing more than sour grapes from a disgruntled employee. The writer isn't very specific about anything, and it's worth nothing she wrote this letter despite Suicide Squad's box office success, which suggests the reason has nothing to do with its performance and more about smearing WB. That said, this is the last thing they need to have out in the open right now as they try to keep the positive vibes for Wonder Woman going.  If there's one thing we've learned over the last year or so it's how easy it can be to poison the well of public opinion on a film before it's opened.