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Batman, Superman and Sherlock sequels

BatmanvsSuperman.jpgWarner Bros., the studio, have openly admitted that they want to earn more money from franchises that are still earning money. Shock horror! The CEO of the Time Warner company Jeff Bewkes has revealed that the plans are to work more sequels from the Batman and Superman franchises - you didn't really believe they would stop Superman? - and also from the upcoming Sherlock Holmes film.

Now that places a lot of pressure on Guy Ritchie to deliver a good first film, or actually it doesn't because Warner could always just remake it or swap out the cast and crew if they felt like it.

Speaking on the Time Warner's earning call an analyst asked the CEO what the organisation had learned from The Dark Knight (Filmstalker review), his response comes through Comic Book Movie:

"The obvious thing we're going to take from [the film's success] is more Dark Knight...

...We look at Harry Potter...It's fantastic to have franchises that last that long. We want to do that with Batman and Superman and perhaps Sherlock Holmes. The sequels are as good, with new characters added, as were the originals. That wasn't the case in the years ago...

...We've got four big tent poles coming this year."

You can take from that statement that they're going to try and get as much as they can out of the three franchises, although Sherlock Holmes hasn't even been seen yet, it looks set to become an ongoing franchise in the eyes of Warner Bros. Even if it doesn't work out it looks like they'd invest some money trying it again to see if they could make it work.

Do you want to see more franchises continued like this? I certainly do if they can keep them as strong as Batman has become, but if they're just going to turn them out for squeezing out that profit then I don't. I don't want to see sequels for the sake of sequels, I don't want to see films made without originality, or films made that are just more of the same with perhaps the words bigger and better thrown at the script, that does not make a good film, just a copy of the original with brighter colours and more of them. Like a painting, it becomes a mess.

Let's see some quality return to Hollywood, now why didn't the CEO pick up on that and say something like, "we learned that the public respond well to an original take on a story, that with effort invested into the script, a talented group of film-makers, and bags of originality and freedom, they can make something amazing. Perhaps if we've learned anything we've learned not to remake, sequel and prequel every thing that we've ever made just to make some quick cash. With investment of time, belief, and money, we can make better films that make more money and deliver something the audience love."

Yeah, I'm dreaming aren't I?



We all live in hope, but we all know what the big hollywood studios are like, they'll milk the cash cow for all its worth, then they'll move on to flogging a dead horse.

I have a big tent pole too. Lol.

I am very excited about this news. I'm a bigger DC fan then Marvel and have felt that we need to see more from that universe.

A solid Green Lantern film will be very cool.

Green Arrow should start popping up in movies.

And I would like to see some stories which would just hop right into the action as if we know everything. Like Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (lots of characters and no time for background) and Batman: Hush, again lots of characters and no time for a background, just get to it.

Superman flics are a must and it will be fine if they want to get away from the Donner Superman style, but lets keep it all in the DC universe and show us other great characters and cross overs.


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