Last year, when showrunner Damon Lindelof posted a letter to Instagram about his upcoming Watchmen series for HBO, he classified it as a “remix.” On the one hand, this was good news for fans who were trepidatious about seeing the greatest comic book story of all time receive another direct sequel or adaptation. On the other hand, remixes already dominate the dance floor in Hollywood. When creators and critics use that word now, it either feels like industry code for a thinly disguised remake (amid all the other official remakes that are currently flooding the market), or it feels like a pejorative term for the repackaged greatest hits of a beloved IP.
By way of an example, this very week, we’ve got a new Terminator movie hitting theaters, which reviewers have likened to The Force Awakens of the franchise. However, if the first two episodes are any indication, that’s not what Lindelof’s Watchmen remix is. Instead, what it looks to be is a fascinating re-contextualization: a show that sets us down on familiar ground but updates it and makes it feel different enough that its echoes of Watchmen and other past superhero tales lay submerged within a fresh story.
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The first full-length trailer for HBO’s Watchmen premiered during Comic-Con and we’ve been exploring every frame, looking for Easter eggs and hints about what the show’s mysterious plot might entail. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ twelve-issue Watchmen series is arguably the greatest comic book story ever told. The collected edition is the only graphic novel that made it onto Time magazine’s list of the 100 best novels since 1923. Since Zack Snyder’s film adaptation hit theaters ten years ago, DC Comics has begun revisiting the world of Watchmen: first with the Before Watchmen line of titles, and more recently with the Doomsday Clock miniseries.
Like Doomsday Clock, showrunner Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen is venturing into “After Watchmen” territory. The show takes place in the same world some years after the original storyline, and judging from the trailer, it will include a fair number of connections and callbacks to the comics. Below, we’ll dive into all of those and more with our Watchmen trailer breakdown.
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There’s some behind-the-scenes shuffling going on at DC. Geoff Johns is stepping down as the president and chief creative officer of DC Entertainment to form a new production company, and current DC Comics publisher Jim Lee will replace him. Read more about the switch below. Read More »
If you’ve been paying attention to blockbuster movies over the past few years, chances are you’ve asked yourself this question: what the heck is going on with DC Entertainment? It turns out the answer is “quite a lot,” and thanks to a new profile, we’ve learned that DC and Warner Bros. are now rethinking the idea behind their interconnected DC cinematic universe. Could this be the course correction the embattled franchise needs?
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Thankfully, for fans anticipating Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the footage that was shown to fans in Hall H at Comic-Con was a new trailer that was officially released online immediately after it premiere, and you can watch it right here.
But what fans weren’t easily able to see immediately was the panel (hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler) for the film that featured Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and director Zack Snyder. Thankfully, the entire panel for the first big screen meeting of The Dark Knight and The Man of Steel is now available for you to watch online.
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The Internet has made a sport of questioning how Warner Bros. is handling their DC properties. First fans scoffed at Man of Steel. Next they hated Ben Affleck’s casting as Batman. Many felt a Batman v Superman movie was a rush. Ditto for Justice League. Then there was Jared Leto’s Joker make-up, the loss of Michelle MacLaren as Wonder Woman director and the fact they’re using multiple screenwriters to figure out many of these movies. It’s like Superhero Movie Whack-A-Mole, there’s always something to hit.
So it’s nice for one of the people responsible for those decisions to finally get his say. That would be the head of film production at Warner Bros., Greg Silverman. He, along with marketing president Sue Kroll and CEO Kevin Tsujihara are the three people most directly responsible for green lighting movies at Warner Bros. In a new interview, Silverman explained the strategy of having multiple screenwriters tackle some of the DC movies, how their DC movies will attempt to be different from Marvel’s and more. Read the Warner Bros DC movies quotes below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 by Angie Han
So far, Warner Bros.’ DC Universe has focused mostly on big, iconic figures like Superman and Batman. But the DC Comics stable stretches far beyond the Justice League, and now the studio is looking to bring some lesser known properties to the silver screen.
According to a new report, David Goyer is working on lower-budget adaptations of more obscure titles like Suicide Squad, Booster Gold, Deathstroke, and Team 7. Hit the jump for more details on these developing projects.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
Max Landis may be off the Chronicle sequel, but he’s not done telling superpowered stories. The writer, who’s also known for his 2011 short The Death and Return of Superman, has indicated that he’d love to see a new version of Green Lantern — and that he actually plans to pitch another concept for Wonder Woman. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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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 »
Posted on Friday, August 12th, 2011 by Angie Han
The steady stream of television news continues today with a couple of interesting announcements. After the jump, read about the “near miss” of a television adaptation of Vertigo comic book series DMZ, Rosanne Barr’s return to sitcom television, and a fifth-season renewal for True Blood.
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