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Old 07-10-2008, 08:44 PM   #1
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This is some pretty damn big news right here. I think we finally are going to get something after its over.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...goryid=13&cs=1

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Warner, DC hold superhero summit
Strategy in works for comic catalog
By DAVID S. COHEN
It’s not quite a gathering of the Justice League, but there’s a superhero summit under way at Warner Bros.

Warners and sibling DC Comics are holding high-level talks to hammer out a master strategy for their stable of superheroes.

Warners has never had such a strategy, and there have long been complaints the studio has been slow to exploit a potential treasure trove of franchises. And while the studio is basking in critical love for “The Dark Knight,” it has watched studio rivals rake in big bucks from Marvel Comics characters, and Marvel itself get into the tentpole business.

While it’s assumed there will be another Batman pic, there’s been no formal announcement. And Warners has no movies based on the classic DC universe to preview at this year’s Comic-Con.

Warner has scripts it likes for “Justice League: Mortal,” which teams up classic DC characters, and “Green Lantern.” “Justice League” was close to getting a greenlight until the writers strike hit, and “Green Lantern” has gained heat lately.

All plans, though, depend on the course the studio charts in its summit.

The studio is keeping details of its meetings under wraps, but issued a statement saying, in part, “We’re constantly looking at how best to exploit the DC Comics characters and properties.”

But Warner and DC have often appeared lethargic in getting comic properties developed into films, with only Batman and Superman established in movies. In fact, Warners watchers may feel a certain deja vu, though, with all this talk of giving DC more attention.

Five years ago, WB was getting ready to hire someone to kickstart its development on the DC characters (Variety, July 14-20, 2003). WB said then that it was aware it could lose an entire generation of fans if it didn’t get its characters into the movies. “We’re not going to let that happen,” said a senior VP.

Warners has long been the only studio home for DC heroes. It must pass on any DC character before it can be licensed to another studio, and Warner almost never passes. It keeps the characters in development. (One exception: Summit recently acquired rights to DC/Wildstorm’s “Red” — not one of the classic titles fans have been clamoring for.)

Many recall the painful development attempts to revive the Superman franchise, as handfuls of scribes, directors and stars came and went. Tim Burton and Nicolas Cage famously had pricey pay-or-play deals that the studio had to cover when “Superman Lives” bit the dust.

To be fair, Warners has not ignored its DC legacy: Besides “The Dark Knight,” “300” helmer Zach Snyder’s adaptation of DC’s seminal “Watchmen” is slated for winter release. And DC characters have been more successful than Marvel’s in TV, most recently with “Smallville.”

Yet this year, Warner Bros. has been unable to point to anyone at the studio with responsibility for overseeing the DC characters. While DC’s senior VP of creative affairs Gregory Noveck pegs Warners toppers Jeff Robinov and Alan Horn as “the ultimate decisionmakers,” they’re the decisionmakers for pretty much everything at the studio, and neither is in a position to dive into active development of the DC universe.

Besides “Green Lantern,” which Greg Berlanti is set to write and direct, DC characters that are known to be in line to become movies include Wonder Woman, which Joel Silver has long had in development; and the Flash, which has David Dobkin attached to direct. There has also been internet chatter about an Aquaman movie, much of it inspired by references in HBO’s “Entourage” to a faux James Cameron-helmed “Aquaman” pic.

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Old 07-10-2008, 08:46 PM   #2
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This is some pretty damn big news right here. I think we finally are going to get something after its over.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...goryid=13&cs=1
Jeeze...this is certainly the news day...lol.

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Praise Jeebus. Bout fraking time.

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This is some pretty damn big news right here. I think we finally are going to get something after its over.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...goryid=13&cs=1
Awesome, thanks! About time WB realized what they had!!

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I suppose at least they're making an effort. I wouldn't really have given them much credit for such prior to reading this. Hopefully, this thing bears some fruit.

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Interesting. Hopefully we'll hear something soon on not just Superman but other DC character properties.

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Interesting read. I hope the give their characters some good films of their own

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We can only hope.
G.L. alone has trilogy written all over it.

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There is only one reason this meeting is even taking place:



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Old 07-10-2008, 08:55 PM   #10
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HOPEFULLY singer get's his walking papers!! be gone

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Isn't it interesting that they don't once mention Superman Returns? Even when the article talked about the Superman franchise??

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Old 07-10-2008, 09:04 PM   #13
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They relaunched their best sh franchises with two movies able to do more than 200m in the US. Now one of them is going to be a box office monster.
If someone is asking why they are wasting all this time to plan the sequels and the new movies for the other franchises, it's normal.

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Probably true

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Isn't it interesting that they don't once mention Superman Returns?
I did notice that. There is no mention of Batman Begins either, so one would think that crosses each other out. But you do have TDK mentioned and this article is basically about what WB plans on producing for the future in regards to superhero films. Why not mention that MOS is in the cards for the studio?

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Interesting article. Hopefully they get GL, WW and The Flash rolling!

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I think The Flash is their next most bankable franchise. I'd get that one rolling ASAP

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I only hope this summit results in someone actually being appointed to direct this grand venture. I remember WB not keeping a few of their promises in the past, and it would be a shame if they didn't keep this one

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This is certainly great news for DC fans.

It must mean because Variety didn't mention it, that the executives aren't going to talk about Superman Returns...

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I'd like to be a fly on the wall in that room

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This is certainly great news for DC fans.

It must mean because Variety didn't mention it, that the executives aren't going to talk about Superman Returns...

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I just said it was interesting Showtime, not that it meant they won't make it.

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Damn double posts. The Hype is certainly taking a big dump today.

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Yea, that could be scary though, WB execs talking DC live action superhero projects. I can only imagine the asinine comments that will be said in there. I think the meetings will end with some exec thinking he is a genius for suggesting Will Ferrell for Green Lantern.

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Yea, that could be scary though, WB execs talking DC live action superhero projects. I can only imagine the asinine comments that will be said in there. I think the meetings will end with some exec thinking he is a genius for suggesting Will Ferrell for Green Lantern.
Haha! I can just see it, "Jack Black as Wally West!"

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