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Re: The DC Cinematic Universe

Postby The Shadow » Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:51 pm

I've said for years that Warner Bros./DC Comics need to do a Blue Beetle & Booster Gold movie in the mold of the buddy cop film.

I'm kind of disappointed that current DCCU is built with the present being when superheroes are first appearing (though admittedly, there's room to change that thanks to WONDER WOMAN). It would have been cool to have a JSA movie (with Gal Gadot as WW in it of course); perhaps we may get one in the future.
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Re: The DC Cinematic Universe

Postby mr.negativity » Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:00 am

THR FEBRUARY 20, 2018:
DC Films Taps Chantal Nong for Key Production Role (Exclusive)
Borys Kit wrote:The DC Entertainment arm of Warner Bros. Pictures is filling out with the hire of Warners exec Chantal Nong.

Nong has been named vp production of Warners’ DC film group, which in January received a new leader in Walter Hamada, one of the executives behind the massively successful Conjuring horror movies made by Warner Bros.' New Line division.

Nong will now work on the development and production management of its slate.

While DC films currently are in a quiet period — Warners is only releasing Aquaman in 2018 and Shazam! is the only movie in production — that is expected to soon change. Wonder Woman 2 is heading into the casting stage and will be the next pic to shoot. Insiders say the next wave will likely include the Flash film and Batgirl, among others.

Nong has been with the studio since 2011 and most recently oversaw the development of The Meg, the upcoming prehistoric shark movie that stars Jason Statham, and Crazy Rich Asians. She previously worked on the studio’s Anne Hathaway comedy The Intern as well as 300: Rise of an Empire.


THR FEBRUARY 22, 2018:
New 'Flash' Directors Haven’t Begun Work Because Their Deal Isn’t Done
Marc Malkin wrote:It’s been over a month since it was first reported that Spider-Man: Homecoming screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were in talks to direct a solo movie about The Flash, but Wednesday night the two told The Hollywood Reporter that they still haven’t finalized a deal with Warner Bros.

“We’re still negotiating,” Daley said at the premiere of their latest directorial effort, Game Night, a comedy thriller starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams. “Deals are in the works right now.”

They insist that they haven’t started working on the script of the film, called Flashpoint, yet because “we have to sign the deal,” Daley said. “Hopefully, it will work out.”

Goldstein joked the holdup is due to very crucial deal point. “It’s all about parking spots,” he quipped. “If you give in then you’re all the way out by craft services. You want a better spot than that.”

Flashpoint will star Ezra Miller, reprising his role as the DC superhero from Justice League. Directors Rick Famuyiwa and Seth Grahame-Smith were previously attached separately to helm Flashpoint.
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Re: The DC Cinematic Universe

Postby Jinzo Ningen » Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:00 pm

Finally got around to watching Justice League.

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Re: The DC Cinematic Universe

Postby mr.negativity » Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:26 am

TheWrap February 26, 2018 :
Why DC’s ‘Batgirl’ Movie Won’t Happen Anytime Soon
Umberto Gonzalez wrote:DC Films and Warner Bros. are in no hurry to move forward with “Batgirl” now that writer-director Joss Whedon has stepped away, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

There are no imminent plans to attach a new filmmaker to the “Batman” spinooff after Whedon exited last week, the insider said.

Last March, the studio announced with great fanfare that the director of “The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” would jump to the DC universe for a standalone “Batgirl” movie whose timing seemed prescient coming just before the breakout success of “Wonder Woman.” But last week, Whedon pulled out of the project, saying in a statement, “It took me months to realize I really didn’t have a story.”

According to the insider, the studio always intended to develop the core members of the Justice League — Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and possibly Green Lantern — before spinning off secondary characters like Nightwing, Deathstroke, Lobo and Batgirl.

Even if Whedon had landed on a satisfying story, the insider said, the project was unlikely to shoot before the next “Batman” that Matt Reeves is currently writing and which remains in active development but officially undated.

Another factor is the uncertainty surrounding DC Films itself. Despite the success of last summer’s megahit “Wonder Woman,” last November’s “Justice League” proved to be another box office disappointment — grossing just $229 million domestically and $657 million worldwide.

Toby Emmerich, who’s made his reputation leading Warner’s New Line division to relatively low-budget blockbusters like “It,” was named chairman of the studio’s film division in December of 2016 in the hopes of righting studio operations, particularly DC Films.

The unit, which has struggled to become a highly profitable hit machine to rival Disney’s Marvel Studios, has at least six superhero tentpoles in active phases of development, production and postproduction. That includes Jason Momoa and Nicole Kidman’s “Aquaman,” due this December, and a planned 2019 sequel to Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman.”

In addition, a cloud looms over Warner Bros. because of the lawsuit by the Department of Justice against AT&T’s $85 billion bid to buy studio parent company Time Warner.

If the merger fails, an individual close to the company told TheWrap that Time Warner would likely be broken up into parts and sold separately as Warner Bros., HBO and Turner — leaving the fate of DC Comics a bit up in the air.
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Re: The DC Cinematic Universe

Postby lhb412 » Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:00 pm

First DC Universe film I'm actually interested in: Ava DuVernay is making a New Gods movie!

http://variety.com/2018/film/news/ava-d ... 202725043/
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Re: The DC Cinematic Universe

Postby The Shadow » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:52 pm

Cool a genuine 4th World movie!

The 1987 Masters of the Universe movie has a lot of Jack Kirby influence, so while not a complete Fourth World movie it's not too difficult to pick out the parallels.

Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed addressed the subject several years ago; link for the interested:

https://www.cbr.com/comic-book-urban-le ... vealed-75/
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Re: The DC Cinematic Universe

Postby mr.negativity » Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:13 pm

COLLIDER MARCH 20, 2018:
‘Justice League’ Ends Box Office Run as Lowest-Grossing DCEU Movie
ADAM CHITWOOD wrote:Well the numbers don’t lie—Justice League was a bust. What was intended to be Warner Bros. and DC’s answer to The Avengers instead landed with a thud when it hit theaters last November, on the heels of production issues, extensive reshoots, and the reported firing of original director Zack Snyder. The superhero team-up has now concluded its box office run, and with a worldwide total of $657,924,295, Justice League stands as the lowest grossing film of the DC Extended Universe thus far—the DCEU being the series of films that began with Man of Steel and are connected by a shared universe.

In fact, not only did Justice League finish at the bottom, it grossed over $100 million less than Snyder’s 2013 reboot Man of Steel, which itself was somewhat disappointing for WB. If Man of Steel had been a bigger hit the studio would no doubt have moved forward with a Man of Steel 2 right after, but instead—facing stiff competition from the off-to-the-races Marvel Studios—they shoehorned Batman into a follow-up.

Batman v Superman is the highest grossing title the studio has released thus far, but no doubt the negative response to that film had something to do with the lack of enthusiasm for Justice League. Indeed, Justice League isn’t an out-and-out disaster of a movie—it’s fine—but if you gauged general audience interest, it just wasn’t there.

Here’s how the current DCEU lineup stands with worldwide box office:

1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – $873,634,919

2. Wonder Woman – $821,847,012

3. Suicide Squad – $746,846,894

4. Man of Steel – $668,045,518

5. Justice League – $547,924,295

If we look at the domestic box office takes, Justice League is still in last place, but Wonder Woman jumps ahead by a pretty wide margin:

1. Wonder Woman – $412,563,408

2. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice -$330,360,194

3. Suicide Squad – $325,100,054

4. Man of Steel – $291,045,518

5. Justice League – $229,024,295

Indeed, Patty Jenkins’ well-reviewed origin story offers a glimmer of hope for the DCEU moving forward, and in hindsight I think we’ll look back on Justice League not as a massive misstep, but the end of a misguided era of DC Films. Snyder’s approach to the characters just simply wasn’t working, and Warner Bros.’ feverish desire to catch up to Marvel Studios at any cost led to subpar output.

Now, however, with some significant executive changes at the top, it feels like there’s reason to be excited for the future. James Wan’s Aquaman hits theaters this year, and the studio finally set Game Night filmmakers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to direct The Flash. Jenkins is due to begin production on a Cold War-set Wonder Woman 2 this year, and a number of other films are in development. And Snyder? No longer involved.

I don’t think Snyder is a bad filmmaker, I just think he was the wrong fit for the DCEU, and what we saw with his three films and even Suicide Squad was a contrast of ideas between what the studio wanted, what Snyder had envisioned, and what general audiences hoped to see. So yes, Justice League was a failure, but this is far from the end of the DCEU and I’m genuinely intrigued to see what lies ahead.
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Re: The DC Cinematic Universe

Postby Benjamin Haines » Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:49 pm

^ Wow, Collider needs proofreaders.

The superhero team-up has now concluded its box office run, and with a worldwide total of $657,924,295


That is true, but then the article goes on to make this very false declaration...

In fact, not only did Justice League finish at the bottom, it grossed over $100 million less than Snyder’s 2013 reboot Man of Steel,


...which is apparently based on the author's own typo, as he then lists all of the DCEU worldwide grosses and mistypes the first two digits of Justice League's gross.

Here’s how the current DCEU lineup stands with worldwide box office:

1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – $873,634,919

2. Wonder Woman – $821,847,012

3. Suicide Squad – $746,846,894

4. Man of Steel – $668,045,518

5. Justice League – $547,924,295
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Re: The DC Cinematic Universe

Postby lhb412 » Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:14 pm

^You're a real numbers guy, eh Ben? I can't remember my own telephone number.
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Re: The DC Cinematic Universe

Postby The Shadow » Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:05 am

Stupid news headlines (unfortunately that's all most people will bother to read on the subject of the JL movie). JUSTICE LEAGUE obviously did not do as well as WB wanted, but it's $650 million dollar box office is not anywhere near as terrible as the headlines lead people to believe.
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Re: The DC Cinematic Universe

Postby lhb412 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:12 pm

With DuVerney making New Gods and now Steven Spielberg(!) doing Blackhawk we're finally seeing some real interesting DC news!

I'd much rather see Spielberg return to the Indiana Jones pulp genre with a new property instead of Indy 5.
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Re: The DC Cinematic Universe

Postby The Shadow » Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:10 pm

Wow! Spielberg's doing a DC movie?!

http://variety.com/2018/film/news/steve ... 202756319/

http://www.toonopedia.com/blakhawk.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackhawk_(DC_Comics)

It would be awesome if Spielberg is making a period movie using the original Quality Comics Blackhawk (instead of the story unconnected New 52 team) -- that'd bring Spielberg right back into the pulp adventure wheelhouse.
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Re: Steven Spielberg's ‘Blackhawk’

Postby mr.negativity » Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:47 pm

The Shadow wrote:Wow! Spielberg's doing a DC movie?!

http://variety.com/2018/film/news/steve ... 202756319/

http://www.toonopedia.com/blakhawk.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackhawk_(DC_Comics)

It would be awesome if Spielberg is making a period movie using the original Quality Comics Blackhawk (instead of the story unconnected New 52 team) -- that'd bring Spielberg right back into the pulp adventure wheelhouse.

VARIETY APRIL 17, 2018:
Steven Spielberg to Direct Film Adaptation of DC’s ‘Blackhawk’
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Justin Kroll wrote:Steven Spielberg is finally taking on a superhero movie.

The prolific director and his Amblin Entertainment are teaming with Warner Bros. to produce action-adventure “Blackhawk,” with the intention of Spielberg directing.

Based on the classic comic-book property, the project will mark the filmmaker’s first feature centered on characters from the DC universe. Spielberg most recently directed “Ready Player One” for Warner Bros., which has so far grossed $476 million worldwide following its release late last month.

“We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg’s latest hit, and are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure,” said Toby Emmerich, chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing ‘Blackhawk’ to movie audiences worldwide.”

The screenplay for “Blackhawk” is being written by David Koepp, who has collaborated with Spielberg as a screenwriter on the blockbusters “Jurassic Park,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “War of the Worlds,” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” Spielberg will produce the film with Kristie Macosko Krieger under the Amblin Entertainment banner, while Sue Kroll will executive produce under her Kroll & Co. Entertainment shingle.

“It was wonderful working with the team at Warner Bros. to bring ‘Ready Player One’ to the screen,” Spielberg said. “They bring a blend of passion and professionalism to everything they do and have a tremendous history in this genre. I am excited to reunite with them on ‘Blackhawk.'”

“Blackhawk” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

“Blackhawk” was first introduced in 1941 by Quality Comics before the property was acquired by DC Comics in 1957. In the comics, Blackhawk was the leader of the Blackhawk Squadron, an elite group of pilots that fought in World War II.

Spielberg is currently prepping the fifth Indiana Jones movie, which will be his next project. Production on “Blackhawk” would not only have to come after that, but also after “West Side Story,” the film that Spielberg has said he’ll direct following the Indiana Jones movie.

It’s currently unknown when exactly Spielberg will shoot “Blackhawk,” but the studio now has the time to fully develop the project before handing it over to Spielberg.

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Re: Steven Spielberg's ‘Blackhawk’

Postby mr.negativity » Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:00 pm

Comics Beat 04/17/2018:
Spielberg To Direct Blackhawk?!? A 30+ Year Old Rumor Comes To Life
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Todd Allen wrote:I guess it wasn’t a rumor. Back in the 1980s, Stephen Spielberg was rumored to have an interest in directing a Blackhawks movie. Possibly with Dan Aykroyd. It’s thought to have been one of the reasons the Mark Evanier/Dan Spiegel series was commissioned in the early 80s.

Here’s something Evanier has said on the subject:

I believe what happened was that Steve Spielberg was interested in possibly doing something with Blackhawk and somebody even mentioned that Dan Aykroyd wanted to play the character. But I think that was just a pie in the sky, I don’t think there was ever an offer made—that somebody just inquired “Are the rights available if we want them?” and DC let that leak or it leaked somehow and all of a sudden some other studios went “Hey, maybe we’ll grab Blackhawk if Spielberg thinks it’s hot.” So suddenly DC thought it was advantageous to have a Blackhawk comic back on the schedule. At that point the initial thinking was that they would publish it as a quarterly. DC had a couple writers and artists under contract with them that they really didn’t want to use on the books that they cared about. So they initially suggested another writer and artist whom they just needed to find work for because they had signed contracts—to do Blackhawk and knock it out.


Flash forward to today’s news in Variety:
The prolific director and his Amblin Entertainment are teaming with Warner Bros. to produce action-adventure “Blackhawk,” with the intention of Spielberg directing.

David Koepp, a regular Spielberg collaborator, is working on the script.

Wow. Talk about a long-gestating project.

Blackhawk, in it’s original form, was a comic about a group of international aviators forming a private unit to fight the Nazi’s. Blackhawk was the codename of the Blackhawk squadron’s leader. We’ll all just pretend the short-lived mod superhero phase of the comic didn’t happen and stick with the pilots/soldiers of fortune angle.
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Re: The DC Cinematic Universe

Postby lhb412 » Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:06 am

^Reminds me of how it took 30 years for Universal to make their King Kong remake.
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Re: Flashpoint

Postby mr.negativity » Thu May 10, 2018 9:43 am

Comic Book May 9, 2018:
Rumor: The Flash’s Solo Film Is Scrapping ‘Flashpoint’ Story
MEGAN PETERS wrote:If one were to say The Flash has had it hard in the DCEU, that would be putting it a bit lightly. It has been some time since Ezra Miller was cast to play Barry Allen on the big screen, but his solo project has had some massive production delays. Director shake-ups and script re-dos are just a few of the things plaguing Flashpoint, and it looks like Warner Bros. may have decided to go in a whole new direction with the film.

For those who have kept up with all things Flashpoint, you will know the movie’s fate has been up in the air for awhile. Last month, The Hollywood Reporter hinted the film would be going in a new direction. Now, a well-known reporter of the DCEU shared another teaser on Twitter that speaks for itself.

As you can see, The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez posted a photo with no images, but the pictures says everything you need to do. The photoshopped image shows Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Batman, a role that has been rumored given Thomas Wayne’s role in the Flashpoint comic run. The suited-up figure is seen fading away into dust, and superhero fans should know what that means thanks to a very different cinematic universe

Yes, the photo is dipping into the infamous Avengers: Infinity War meme, so it looks like Thomas Wayne is fading away. And, if he is going, then the entirety of Flashpoint could be at stake.

Of course, Warner Bros. has not made an comment about the status of Flashpoint nor has DC Entertainment. The last thing fans heard about the film was that it has nabbed some new directors. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldestein will oversee the superhero flick, and the duo are best-known for their work on Game Night. However, it has been said that those directors were brought on in part because of their love for Flashpoint.

Many fans may be upset if Warner Bros. does pull away from the Flashpoint story, but others admit the choice would be a smart one. In the wake of Justice League’s lackluster release, the DCEU needs to bolster its heroes individually than through a team outing. Rather than make The Flash compete with other DC icons in his own movie, giving him a full-on solo outing may be just the thing to give the speedster a loyal audience. So, fans will want to keep a close eye on the hero’s standalone as it moves further into development and pre-production.


Screen Rant May 9, 2018:
Rumor: Peter Jackson Considering a DCEU Movie
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Re: The DC Cinematic Universe

Postby lhb412 » Mon May 14, 2018 5:01 pm

It seems DC's streaming service and the new TV shows being produced for it are a bit more exciting than the movie slate (though I am anticipating the Fourth World movie). First we hear about the gothic romance take on Swamp Thing and now *drumroll* the Doom Patrol!

https://io9.gizmodo.com/dc-universe-is- ... 1826018393
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Re: The DC Cinematic Universe

Postby canofhumdingers » Mon May 14, 2018 7:35 pm

Wait, DC has their own streaming service now?

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When will it stop?

And how is this going to affect me watching g the arrowverse on Netflix?

Ugh.
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Re: The DC Cinematic Universe

Postby lhb412 » Mon May 14, 2018 7:40 pm

^All the stuff on the CW is staying there, but new stuff is being developed for the streaming service, live action and animated (like the new season on Young Justice).
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Re: The Joker Begins: The Grim & Gritty Beginning

Postby mr.negativity » Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:53 am

VARIETY JUNE 5, 2018:
Jared Leto’s Joker Is Getting His Own Movie (EXCLUSIVE)
Justin Kroll wrote:Warner Bros. is looking to expand on Jared Leto’s version of the Joker, which debuted in 2016’s “Suicide Squad,” with a movie of his own.

Sources tell Variety that Leto is set to star and exec produce an untitled standalone film, paving the way for future movies branching from “Suicide Squad.”

Plot details are currently unknown, but the studio’s idea is to expand on the world created by “Suicide Squad” and tie into future installments of that property. Warner Bros. already announced that Margot Robbie’s version of Harley Quinn would be getting her own movie with a “Birds of Prey” feature, and the next goal was setting up a film for Leto’s Joker.

When Warner Bros. announced last fall that it was developing a Joker origin tale from Todd Phillips, the studio emphasized that this did not mean the end for Leto’s Joker. Rather, Phillips’ film would fall under a new origins banner that would be separate from the current cinematic DC universe. This new banner would allow multiple actors and versions based on the same character with no overlap, and WB has already tapped Joaquin Phoenix to star in Phillips’ Joker pic.

Leto’s Joker, as fans noted, was almost a glorified cameo in “Suicide Squad.” The Oscar-winner had made it clear following the film’s release that he hoped to expand on the character in future films in a more substantive, if not starring, role.

It’s currently unknown when this film would go into production, as Leto and the studio will now search for a writer. It’s also unclear if this film would shoot before or after the previously announced sequel to “Suicide Squad,” which is believed to go into production sometime in 2019.

Leto was most recently seen in “Blade Runner: 2049” and Netflix’s “The Outsider.” He is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.


mr.negativity wrote:Deadline August 22, 2017:
The Joker Origin Story On Deck: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver, Martin Scorsese Aboard WB/DC Film
Mike Fleming Jr wrote:EXCLUSIVE:
Warner Bros and DC are in the early stages of another Batman Universe spinoff movie, this one telling the origin story of the signature villain The Joker. The studio has set The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips to co-write a script with 8 Mile scribe Scott Silver. Phillips will direct the movie, and Martin Scorsese will produce it with Phillips. This will be the first film under a new banner that has yet to be named in which WB can expand the canon of DC properties and create unique storylines with different actors playing the iconic characters.

I’m told that the intention is to make an origin story that isn’t part of any other iteration. The Joker has memorably been part of two Batman movies in the form of Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, and was most recently played by Jared Leto in the first Suicide Squad film. He will reprise in the Suicide Squad sequel and the Harley Quinn spinoff, but this new film will launch the character with a different actor, possibly younger.

An intriguing part is the setting. The intention is to make a gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film set in early-’80s Gotham City that isn’t meant to feel like a DC movie as much as one of Scorsese’s films from that era, like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull or The King Of Comedy. I’m told that Phillips and Silver are writing already, but there is nothing firm on where this will fit into the DC schedule.

Phillips most recently directed War Dogs with Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. Silver’s recent script credits include The Fighter.

Phillips and Silver are repped by CAA, and Scorsese is repped by WME and LBI Entertainment’s Rick Yorn.
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Re: The DC Cinematic Universe

Postby lhb412 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:36 am

Leto's performance was bad. He's a major sleeze that no sane person would want on set. This is a terrible idea.
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Re: The DC Cinematic Universe

Postby mr.negativity » Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:48 pm

THR JUNE 06, 2018:
DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson Leaving Warner Bros. (Exclusive)
Borys Kit wrote:Diane Nelson, the president of DC Entertainment and president of Warner Bros. consumer products who has been on leave for several months, is not returning to the studio.

Nelson took a leave of absence in late March in order to focus on family-related issues. She had been expected to return, but sources say that very recently she decided not to resume her duties, announcing her plan to Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara.

Tsujihara revealed the move Wednesday in a companywide announcement.

“Diane has been a friend and colleague as well as a valued member of the Warner Bros. family for more than 20 years,” Tsujihara said. “Throughout her tenure, her leadership and contributions have helped shape the way the studio operates today, and we’re better for having had her on our team. While we’re sad she’ll be leaving us, we completely respect and support her decision. Whatever her next chapter holds, I know she’ll make it amazing.”

The interim executive structure established during her leave will remain for the time being. That framework sees Thomas Gewecke, who serves as chief digital officer and executive vp strategy and business development at Warner Bros., overseeing the DC executive management team of Dan DiDio, Jim Lee, Geoff Johns and Amit Desai. Warner Bros. consumer products president Pam Lifford will now directly report to Tsujihara.

“Warner Bros. has been my home for over 20 years with a wide variety of incredible professional experiences,” said Nelson in a statement. “The last nine — rebuilding and managing DC Entertainment — have been a particular highlight and privilege. With the support and talents of our staff and creators, I am proud to leave DC even stronger than when I joined it. I will miss everyone —particularly my executive management team — without whom none of our achievements could have been realized. And I am excited to take on my next professional adventure.”

Nelson’s decision to leave is a major one as the executive has had a sizable impact after spending 22 years at Warners. Early on, she developed a close relationship with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and spearheaded the management of what became one of the biggest franchise and brands in the first decade of the 21st century.

In addition, while she served as president of Warner Premiere, the direct-to-DVD feature film and short-form digital content division, as well as executive vp global brand management for Warner Bros. Entertainment, it was as DC president that perhaps she had the biggest impact.

Prior to Nelson’s boarding in 2009, the DC properties suffered from a haphazard management approach as various divisions took their own initiatives in working on the characters and titles while the main publishing brand seemed to cool in the face of its competitor Marvel. Nelson served as a focal conduit for DC, establishing cohesive partnerships with the movie, television and video game divisions, getting all of them on the same page with Warners.

Nelson revitalized the DC publishing unit, overseeing a culture change that made it talent-friendly and building up new talent such as writers Scott Snyder and Tom King, and artist Liam Sharp. Author Neil Gaiman returned to DC under her tenure, and the company also snagged John Romita Jr. She also oversaw the company’s move from its historic home in New York to Burbank.

Her biggest success was realized in television, where in partnership with Warner Bros. Television Group, DC built an impressive lineup of shows, ranging from The CW’s hits Arrow and Supergirl to the recent Black Lightning. Television is poised for more growth as Pennyworth, based on Batman’s butler, is being developed at Epix, while two others shows are being adapted for the DC digital streaming service.

Warners’ DC films have been decidedly mixed in quality and box-office performance, but it was under Nelson’s watch that Wonder Woman, the exec's favorite superhero and a character that spent almost 30 years in development hell, made it to the big screen and became a pop culture phenomenon.


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Re: The AT&T-Time Warner Merger

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THR JUNE 12, 2018:
AT&T-Time Warner Merger Gains Judge's Approval

THR JUNE 12, 2018:
AT&T-Time Warner Merger: Read the Judge's Ruling

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Re: The Walter Hamada Cinematic Universe

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VARIETY JANUARY 4, 2018:
Warner Bros. Taps Walter Hamada to Oversee DC Films Production (EXCLUSIVE)

THR JUNE 06, 2018:
DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson Leaving Warner Bros. (Exclusive)

THR JUNE 11, 2018:
Geoff Johns Exits DC Entertainment for Writing and Producing Deal (Exclusive)

THR JUNE 13, 2018:
Warner Bros. Shifts DC Strategy Amid Executive Change-Up
Borys Kit wrote:How many Joker movies are too many? That's one question that Walter Hamada, named president of DC Entertainment-based film production at Warner Bros. in January, needs to figure out.

With the recent departures at DC — the studio said June 6 that Diane Nelson, who's been on leave, is not returning as president, and The Hollywood Reporter revealed June 11 that top exec Geoff Johns is moving into a producing pact — Hamada is even more firmly in charge of the film reins.

The exec, who successfully oversaw the Conjuring movies at New Line, inherited a slate in disarray and has quietly spent months sorting through projects. "He walked into a shitshow, and he's trying to clean it up," says one insider familiar with the scene.

In the wake of Wonder Woman's surprise $821.8 million worldwide gross and Justice League's disappointing $657.9 million last year, Warners' DC plans needed a reset. According to insiders, Hamada has spent months going over the projects in development, culling certain ones, elevating others, keeping an eye on the big marquee heroes while also developing lesser-known characters that could pop big. This year, there's only one DC movie on the schedule — Aquaman, James Wan's take on the hero that stars Jason Momoa and opens Dec. 21.

Next year there will be two: Shazam!, starring Zachary Levi, and Wonder Woman 2, which begins shooting June 13. Then there are two potential Joker features — one to star Jared Leto, who played the character in 2016's Suicide Squad, and another, starring Joaquin Phoenix, that Todd Phillips will direct. Phillips' movie, expected to begin shooting in the fall, is budgeted at about $55 million, a fraction of most superhero pics, and may be launched under a new label that could be branded with a name like "DC Dark" or "DC Black."

But the other DC movies are leaving behind the dark and brooding palette. The Flash, which will finally begin production in early 2019 with Ezra Miller starring, has abandoned the somber themes it had been expected to tackle. The film now has the Game Night team of John Francis Daly and Jonathan Goldstein on board, and it's looking to Back to the Future as a touchstone. Margot Robbie, who brought a manic energy to Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, figures in the female-centric Birds of Prey, a Quinn spinoff film that is moving along with Sundance filmmaker Cathy Yan attached to direct. Meanwhile, a Batgirl movie, which had been in development with Joss Whedon before losing the director in February, is currently on track with Bumblebee screenwriter Christina Hodson penning a script.

The big question mark going forward is the future of Batman. Writer-director Matt Reeves turned in the first act of a new screenplay during the Memorial Day weekend. It's said to focus on a young caped crusader, and while the studio would not comment, it's unlikely that Ben Affleck, who has played Batman in three features, will again don the cowl.

Whatever Hamada does, the upcoming plans come as a federal judge on Tuesday approved AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, the parent company of both Warner Bros. and DC. One thing the exec will not be doing is convening a writers room, say insiders. Certain studios have taken that tack, such as Paramount and Hasbro with their toy-based properties, Universal with its monster universe, and Legendary with its creature features.

“Walter is philosophically opposed to that approach," says one insider.

Hamada and his boss Toby Emmerich, sources say, also are not looking to date upcoming titles in advance, something they're convinced has bedeviled the DC movies since 2013's Man of Steel. "Walter has a specific design for the universe," says one insider familiar with his thinking.
"He has a plan."
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