The unparalleled success of this summer’s Marvel movie The Avengers, coupled with the interest in Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, has shined a bright spotlight on DC Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. If Marvel can make billions with second tier superheros like Iron Man and Thor, why hasn’t DC done the same thing?
They’re trying. The Internet rejoiced when Warner Bros. announced they were finally pushing ahead with their big superhero team up film, Justice League. At the same time writers were revealed to be working on a Wonder Woman movie and we’ve all heard about long rumored films featuring The Flash, Shazam and others.
Still, though things are in motion, the only DC character with a movie in production – or scheduled at all – is Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, a film which will have its coming out party at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend. According to sources, that’ll likely be the only DC movie for upwards of three years as the company tries to line everything up. Warner Bros. film group President Jeff Robinov revealed, “”My hope is that over the next month or so we’ll be ready to lay out the plan for the next DC movies” and they’re already doing that in video games, comics and more. Read More »
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Get ready for the flood of Christopher Nolan quotes from the press conference and interviews that took place in the past couple days. We’ve already heard about the Charles Dickens influence on The Dark Knight Rises, and now we’ve got a statement from Nolan about what we can — or can’t — expect from him in the future.
Jeff Robinov of Warner Bros. once said that Nolan would be involved in producing future versions of Batman at the studio, even if he did not direct the films. We know that Nolan is quite done with his take on Batman, and now he says that he’s walking away from all of it after his latest film is released. That means he won’t work as a producer on future incarnations of the character, starting with Justice League, which is being developed now, and going forward into whatever they may be. Read More »
In the wake of the uber-massive-success of Marvel’s The Avengers, it wasn’t a huge surprise to hear that Warner Bros. had hired a writer to revive Justice League. They’re DC’s answer to the superhero team and a project has been in various stages of development for several years. The key to The Avengers, though, wasn’t just that it was a good movie. Much of its success was because it was more than a movie. The Avengers was an event with a four year, five film build up that started with Iron Man in 2008. Which begs the question, will Warner Bros. attempt to go the same route or will they jump right into a Justice League movie?
A report from Variety suggests the former. They’ve dug up that in addition to Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, the Justice League news, and the Wonder Woman news, Warner Bros. has six other characters at various stages of development. And no, that does not include Green Lantern or Batman, both of which might get rebooted. Read what’s what after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
The timing of yesterday’s Justice League news initially made it seem as though Warner Bros. was finally getting the ball rolling in reaction to Marvel Studios’ super-sized success with The Avengers, but in fact the project’s been brewing for quite a while. Although we only heard about Gangster Squad scribe Will Beall‘s hiring last night, he actually signed on about a year ago and has been working on the picture ever since.
While the script hasn’t been finalized just yet, it’s apparently far enough along that word about it has reached Mark Millar‘s ears. According to the comic book writer, who knows a guy who knows Beall, Warner Bros.’ new take on the superhero team will be “dark and mature,” with a “very real-world” feel. Read his comments after the jump.
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Is there a way you can try and see The Riddler in Christopher Nolan‘s Batman universe? What does Mark Millar have to say about the newly scripted Justice League movie? Want to see a new TV spot from The Dark Knight Rises and a new clip from The Amazing Spider-Man? Where can you go to get some Dark Knight Rises spoilers? Is it possible to buy prop replicas from Batman: Arkham City? What does the pre-viz from Dredd look like? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.
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It’s almost comical to think that, five or six years ago, Warner Bros. and DC were thinking of making a cheap-ish Justice League film. Sure, it might have been directed by George “Mad Max” Miller, and was set to feature some good actors, such as a then-unknown Armie Hammer as Bruce Wayne and Batman. But it would have been an all-new continuity for the characters, with Hammer’s Batman being a take on the character parallel to Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale’s.
The writer’s strike in 2007 stalled the film, and changing tax breaks in Australia killed it. And despite comments to suggest that it would happen eventually, Justice League has been dormant ever since.
Or has it? The Avengers is so big — one of the biggest earners ever — that naturally Warner Bros. wants their own version. And so Justice League lives again, and Warner Bros. has set Gangster Squad screenwriter Will Beall to write a film that will bring together DC’s biggest heroes. Read More »
Jeff Robinov, the president of Warner Bros. film group, recently started quite a stir saying that he’d like to see a Green Lantern sequel be “a little edgier and darker.” At the same time he also foreshadowed the future of DC superhero movies beyond The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel in 2012 and 2013 by saying they have a “solid script” for The Flash and that they’d still like to bring all the heroes together for a Justice League movie. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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