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“The Dark Superman” (?) and Warner Bros’ future plans with DC Comics

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Warner Bros. Pictures Group President Jeff Robinov has announced to The Wall Street Journal that he wants the studio to release as many as 8 movies a year, centered on DC Comics properties, by 2011.

Warner Bros. also put on hold plans for another movie starring multiple superheroes — known as “Batman vs. Superman” — after the $215 million “Superman Returns,” which had disappointing box-office returns, didn’t please executives. “‘Superman’ didn’t quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to,” says Mr. Robinov. “It didn’t position the character the way he needed to be positioned.” “Had ‘Superman’ worked in 2006, we would have had a movie for Christmas of this year or 2009,” he adds. “But now the plan is just to reintroduce Superman without regard to a Batman and Superman movie at all.”

Regarding a “Superman” reboot, past rumored projects such as “Batman vs. Superman”, “Justice League”, and other DC characters that have yet to make it to film, here’s what he had to say:

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.

Like the recent Batman sequel — which has become the highest-grossing film of the year thus far — Mr. 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.

So “TDS”, eh? (Why does the word, chlamydia, come to mind? Hmm…) I, personally, don’t think this is the best way to go with the franchise as it’ll defeat the whole yin and yang motif that exists between Batman and Superman. What do you guys think?

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.

Bring on Supermax! The remainder of the article can be found here.

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2 Responses

  1. I must say I would be very sad to see superman go as Dark as Batman did this summer. I have yet to see the batman movie and will. I will agree that the Superman returns was a little chezy. We already had 4 movies telling us where he was a little soft for my liking (don’t get me wrong i loved the first two and Christopher Reeves.) It would be nice to see superman for once used for his intelligence as well as strength. Doomsday would be a really good movie as well if done right. Oh well I could go On and On. But i liked this blog.
    God bless you

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