Honestly this seems the closest to the truth>>96785533
except it's WB who has the humiliation kink
Since the late 80s WB has been chasing the idea of a "blockbuster auteur" director, who can make weird and unique films that also print cash. Burton's Batman (411M on a $30M budget) was the perfect example of this.
This idea is why they kept making Kevin Costner historical epics that lost mone in the 90s, because they thought his auteur-director quality would work out for them.
It did succeed in a few cases. Alfonso Cuaron didn't stay on the franchise, but he elevated the quality of the HP movies with Prisoner of Azkaban, and gave them a visual identity that later films were held to. Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy was a successful blockbuster-auteur series.
Aside from that, only New Line has really had success with this style of throwing hundreds of millions at a very stylistic abs freewheeling director, with LOTR.