Warner and DC Comics get serious
Warner Bros. and DC Comics have been talking about their plans for film versions of their comic book characters. With The Dark Knight breaking box office records, and Watchmen looking amazing so far, Warners and DC are planning changes for the better.
With Marvel making solid films from their characters, it seems DC are taking things slowly. But from what they say, they want to make sure they get it right.
Variety spoke to Alan Horn from Warner Bros about the roster of characters DC has, and he said this:
They can really be an evergreen source of enjoyment and income. If you do it wrong, you're dead, you're out of there.
Hmm, could he be talking about Catwoman? It must be frustrating for DC Comics fans. Marvel has had Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk out this year. With a sequel in the works for Iron Man, not to mention films for Thor, Captain America and an Avengers film. DC Comics films have relied on Christopher Nolan's Batman films and Superman, but even a sequel for Superman seems to be inching along.
DC have loads in the pipeline but not much concrete happening, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Arrow and Green Lantern have all been rumoured, with Green Lantern getting the go ahead recently. Horn says that Warner and DC Comics are committed to turning:
the properties into viable movie product in an intelligent way so that we introduce them like planes on a runway. They have to be set up the right way and lined up the right way and all take off one at a time and fly safe and fly straight.
It looks like DC are planning on upping their game even more. Horn also says that they have made an offer to Christopher Nolan for the next Batman film. They haven't had any discussions with him yet though.
When it comes to the Justice League of America film, they seem to be admitting making some initial mistakes, but they aren't giving up on the idea. Jeff Robinov, says they are committed to getting it right.
We're not off the notion of a Justice League. There's a massive interest and knowledge in the comicbook industry and it takes time to sort of catch up and understand the characters and the history, where they've intersected with each other and what their worlds are. That's part of the education that we're going through.
It's reassuring I suppose that they seem to be taking stock, and not planning on rushing films out. Maybe the changes will see DC Comics characters in some great films. They definitely have a great flagship in Batman at the minute, and it would appear they don't want a Justice League film to dilute that. Gregory Noveck, senior VP of creative affairs for DC Comics, is of the opinion that a Justice League film will not be made unless it can be done right.
These are big, iconic characters. So when you make them into a movie, you'd better be shooting for a pretty high standard. You're not always going to reach it, but you have to be shooting for it. We're going to make a Justice League movie, whether it's now or 10 years from now. But we're not going to do it and Warners is not going to do it until we know it's right.
So DC may become serious competition for Marvel in the movie making business. If The Dark Knight and hopefully Watchmen are anything to go by, they could be well on their way. There should be more details of the planned changes soon. Let's hope they get it right.