It's been a year since The Dark Knight ruled the world, and now it looks like DC comics and Warner Bros. is finally moving forward on its comic book properties, and it's about time! Had Marvel not got their act together I don't think DC would have either. I think Marvel serves as the inspiration for DC's recent surge in comic book films. We are in a time now where the visions of these superheroes can be fully realized in live action form. The fan community has never been stronger, and the general audience is more open to these types of films. There is a lot of money to be made. I am so excited to see some of these comic books come to life.
The following comic book film are currently in production:
- The Green Lantern has been cast and is moving into production full speed ahead with Ryan Reynolds leading the charge.
- Jonah Hex is the supernatural western that recently wrapped production and stars Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, and John Malkovich.
- The Losers is an action adventure story which starts shooting this week, and stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana and Chris Evans.
- Human Target has been picked up as a TV series for FOX which has Jackie Earl Haley.
- Red is a DC property that has been set up at Summit Entertainment, which stars Bruce Willis, and Morgan Freeman who was just cast.
DC and Warner Bros. claims that their approach to comic book films is much different than Marvels. After Iron Man was a huge success Marvel quickly announced their upcoming projects. While Warner Bros. was just trying to figure out how they want to tackle their other non-Batman properties. If you think about it though, DC has more properties to work with with and manage. Warners owns everything, whereas Marvel has sold off the rights to many of their properties to studios like Sony with with Spider-Man, and Fox with X-Men. THR makes a good point when they say:
With fewer marquee superheroes, Marvel works like an animation studio: It only develops select projects and makes most of what it develops, while DC is managing a much larger portfolio.
I guess it is only a matter of time before we see if the Marvel film universe plan pays off for them. I am sure it will, and I think they have a great thing going for them. It is safe to say at this point that it will be impossible for DC to connect their universe through film. Sure, they will make DC universe type films, but they wont be able to successfully connect them the way Marvel is planning.
Warner's has hired three of DC's biggest writers who will act as consultants on all of the DC superhero films that will be made. Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison and Marv Wolfman. Interested in what they do as consultants?
The process involves one writer taking point, though the trio do collaborate on projects, reading one another's materials while hashing out a story that will be at once accessible to nonfans yet still adhere to each character's long history. The writers also work in tandem with producers, writers and the Warners execs overseeing the projects, showing them treatments and providing notes on scripts.
These guys are engulfed with the process they aren't just hangin around collecting a pay check. DC's Gregory Noveck say's:
"The creative process is by and large a true partnership. They'll ask us a ton of questions, and we'll give a ton of answers. We will talk back and forth. We'll discuss writers and talent, but ultimately it's their decision."
So waht other DC films are up on the development chopping block?
- Aquaman, which is being developed by Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way. It's like Entourage, but for real this time.
- A sequel to Constantine is in the works.
- Green Arrow's Super Max movie, which sounds awesome.
- Then there is Shazam, which Pete Segal is attached to direct, and has been for a long time now.
- There's a Bizarro Superman script that has been written by the guys that brought us Galaxy Quest.
- Adam Strange is being worked on about a guy in a jet pack that fights off aliens on another planet.
- We can't forget the new Flash film being written by Geoff Johns.
Who knows what will happen with Superman, is doesn't look like things are going to well there. DC and Warner Bros may end up losing the rights to him all together. I think it is going to be a very long time before we ever see Superman up on the big screen again. I hope I'm wrong, but we'll have to wait and see. I'm also not sure where Warner Bros stands on the Justice League movie that was coming together then fell apart. And there has also been talk of Wonder Woman, but no solid confirmation. I know Joss Wheadon wrote a script, but that it was rejected.
Out of all of these movies which ones are you most excited for? Which DC Properties do you really want to see brought to life?