Warner Brothers was the studio to watch this week, since they moved Harry Potter out of November and into July ’09, saw the pending Fox lawsuit over Watchmen get aired out over the internet, and their COO was forced to issue a damage control statement to angry Harry Potter fans (which will be the last time we see an audience of readers get supported by studio-heads).
Now, only days after we declared another Superman movie “in limbo,” the Wall Street Journal has revealed that it’s actually exactly the opposite. Warners is re-aligning their whole release strategy around The Dark Knight.
Like the recent Batman sequel — which has become the highest-grossing film of the year thus far – [Warner Bros. Pictures Group President Jeff Robinov] wants his next pack of superhero movies to be bathed in the same brooding tone as “The Dark Knight.” Creatively, he sees exploring the evil side to characters as the key to unlocking some of Warner Bros.’ DC properties. “We’re going to try to go dark to the extent that the characters allow it,” he says. That goes for the company’s Superman franchise as well.
With “Batman vs. Superman” and “Justice League” stalled, Warner Bros. has quietly adopted Marvel’s model of releasing a single film for each character, and then using those movies and their sequels to build up to a multicharacter film. “Along those lines, we have been developing every DC character that we own,” Mr. Robinov says.
The studio is set to announce its plans for future DC movies in the next month. For now, though, it is focused on releasing four comic-book films in the next three years, including a third Batman film, a new film reintroducing Superman, and two movies focusing on other DC Comics characters. Movies featuring Green Lantern, Flash, Green Arrow, and Wonder Woman are all in active development.
Hoorah. Say goodbye to movies because the comic book season is coming back.
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