We’ve basically seen it as a foregone conclusion by this point, but now a Warner Bros. studio exec is talking about the big picture for DC comic properties.
In a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara revealed that a “film series” is in the works using DC’s superhero properties. Tsujihara also seems bullish on doubling down with DC television series via Gotham and The Flash. So here’s hoping this signals a quality DC renaissance and not an onslaught of crummy cash-ins.
Here’s the choice excerpt:
"Two new television shows are coming to the CW and Fox, including one based on the Flash and another on a young Batman, and a film series will be announced in the near future, Mr. Tsujihara said. It is expected to include a Justice League movie."
This isn’t much of a surprise, considering that DC and Warner Bros. attempted to fire a shot across the bow with Man of Steel to create its own Marvel-esque shared universe, then declared all-out war with the Batman vs. Superman release date battle.
Coupled with the fact that Warner Bros. is releasing eight movies this summer (compared to five in the same period last year), it makes sense that they’ll be eyeing some new superhero franchises to fill up those potential tentpole slots.
The best guess is that Justice League will be the new franchise, and this phrasing makes us wonder if Warner Bros. might shy away from Marvel’s approach of launching a boatload of standalones and just focus on cranking out a new Justice League every 1-2 years, along with milking its major properties. It’d be the best shot at success by keeping Batman, Superman and the rest of the gang together more often — and still leave room for some standalone stories in between.
What do you think DC and Warner Bros. should do with DC’s properties?